Columbus – December 2017 – Revisiting the Chinese Lantern Festival

December has brought the Chinese Lantern Festival back to town. Celebrating the art and craft of Sichuan, China, the lanterns are a beautiful combination of fabrics and light.

As you enter the grounds you are immediately greeted by a canopy of lanterns.

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The displays are very large – the one below is approximately 50′ across by 15′ high.

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Many dealt with wildlife, most coming from the Chinese Calendar.

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More nature is celebrated with giant flowers.

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The Lovers arches.

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This year the entertainment was moved inside, avoiding the extreme cold that often occurs in December in Ohio. These young ladies had amazing agility and strength.

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The face-changing actor was the only return act from last year  – still amazing.

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The plate spinners. While we don’t often repeat activities the Chinese Lantern Festival will be an annual event.

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Columbus – February 2017 – Closed for the Season

To me there is nothing sadder looking than an amusement park closed for the winter. Today while leaving the Fairgrounds we saw the equivalent, the Chinese Lantern Festival decorations just stacked back in the corner of the grounds awaiting shipment or storage.

We went to the Chinese Lantern Festival in early December and it was beautiful

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On this day though the lanterns and other decorations sat forlornly along a fence, like discarded toys.

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