20, 11, 2016
“And at last I see the light, and it’s like the fog had lifted. And at last I see the light, and it’s like the sky is new…”
On Friday, November 11th, my brother and I went south of Fort Worth to Beaumont Ranch to be part of one of the most magical experiences of my life. The Lights Festival is a lantern tour that has been going all over the country to gather people for one night to light up the sky. I originally wasn’t planning to go as tickets sold out so quickly and resale tickets were outrageous. But somehow my brother was able to find last minute tickets, and we were off!
The event was hosted on a small ranch in the middle of no where. There was a large stage set up with musical guests performing, loads of food trucks parked in the back, and a field with hundreds of mini totem poles waiting to light up the lanterns. We found a comfortable spot in the middle of the field to picnic at. We spent 2 hours decorating our lanterns, listening to loads of covers, and impatiently waiting in the cold to see the night sky lit up.
When it finally came time to light the lanterns, everybody was so giddy with excitement. We all huddled around the totem poles that had a small fire lit at the top. One by one, we took turns lighting up our lanterns and letting them go into the sky. Honestly, it’s hard for me to describe the initial lantern launch besides using the word breathtaking. It truly was breathtaking! All of a sudden, a field of darkness became lit with floating lanterns that had sweet, funny, heartfelt messages written on them. Everyone in the field stared into the sky in awe as the Tangled scene came to life.