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Mint Fest among area events this week

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Chloe Gregg

By Chloe Gregg
Associate Editor

This weekend the Greater Lansing area will be hosting multiple events and festivals for area residents.

The Mint Festival is located at 805 W. Park St. in St. Johns, about half an hour away from LCC’s main campus. This festival celebrates St. Johns mint farming season with craft shows, rodeos, kids’ activities, a parade and much more.

The Mint Festival will be going all weekend long. On Friday, Aug. 12, the festival will run from 2 to 8 p.m. On Saturday hours are 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., and Sunday hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Loretta Osborn, the Recruitment and Outreach coordinator at LCC, said LCC’s Office of External Affairs will be among those sponsoring this event. As a sponsor, the college is given a vendor table along with participation in other activities throughout the event.

“The Health and Human Services Division, along with the Technical Careers Division will oversee the vendor table each day of the Mint Festival, providing information on our divisions and college programs,” Osborn said.” On Friday afternoon and evening, Scott Nigoff from Tech Careers will kick off the festival and supply information related to Technical Careers.

“Over Saturday and Sunday the Health and Human Services Division will cover the table with day and evening shifts overseen by staff members Bethany Fedewa and myself. (We) will be accompanied by two Dental Hygiene students on Saturday and four students on Sunday.”

Osborn said the Dental Hygiene students will provide oral healthcare education to the community members, as well as distributing fliers on the dental clinic.”

Morgan Dowling, one of the dental hygiene students involved with the festival, said she is excited to see what the festival is all about.

“I don’t know much about it besides that it’s a festival all about ‘mint,’ but I’m excited to be with all of my dental hygiene friends while working a fun festival,” Dowling said. “And I’m also excited to spread the word about our dental clinic.”

For more information on the St. Johns Mint Festival and for the event schedule, visit the festival’s website here.

The Smoker’s Ball is one of Lansing’s biggest celebrations of music, arts and cannabis. This event will be held right next to LCC’s main campus at Adado Riverfront Park, located at 201 E. Shiawassee St. in Lansing.

Of course attendees must be 21 years of age or older in order to attend. The event runs from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug 13, with headliners including Juicy J, T Rell, and Devin the Dude. Tickets range from $40 to $200.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit this website.

Lansing Pride 2022 will be celebrated on Saturday, Aug 13 from 1 to 10 p.m. The event will be located on Turner Street in Lansing’s Old Town district.

This nonprofit festival will be offering live entertainment, kids’ activities, and more than 30 vendors for visitors to peruse. For more information, visit the website here.

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