As perhaps signaled by the chilling of the air Thursday, fall is here.
And with it, the city of Lansing is preparing for its annual free, public celebration of the season, Autumn in the Grove. Scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13 at Kelly Grove Park at East Gilman Road and Kansas Highway 7 in Lansing, the festival will feature a variety of entertainment, vendors and activities, according to Lansing Economic Development Coordinator Nolan Sunderman.
That will include for the second time the “Groovin’ in the Grove” karaoke contest for those at least 15 years old beginning at 1 p.m.
“We had a good time with it last year,” Sunderman said.
Visitors can also vote for their favorite scarecrow in the Lansing Historical Museum’s annual scarecrow contest along with other activities like pumpkin carving , a scarecrow entertainer, a bonfire and children’s crafts.
Sunderman said about 50 vendors will be set up along the path at the wooded Kelly Grove Park, from arts and crafts to traditional fall foods — ciders and smores as well as hot dogs and hamburgers. The Crossroads United Methodist Church, located across Gilman Road, will be hosting a chili feast from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Parking will also be available in the lot at Crossroads UMC. Sunderman said the city’s relationship with the church means more than accommodation for parking — in the case of rain, Sunderman said the whole event will be moved inside the church.
“We’re able to kind of use them as a backup plan,” he said.
Sunderman said the city has also worked at Kelly Grove Park recently, raising part of the trail to curb the need to move indoors, if it does rain.
“Rain or shine, we’ll be out there,” he said.