In the case of inclement weather the LOL festival will be moved to the High School. Look for the announcement on the Facebook Page!
The Livin’ on Linden Festival, otherwise known as LOL, returns to Lamoni on May 4 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. It is a project that was launched by Graceland University’s Enactus in 2011 in conjunction with the City of Lamoni. The Festival is free and open to the public.
“The goal of LOL was and continues to be to bring together and empower Graceland students and Lamoni in a joint effort to strengthen relationship and build a lasting partnership between the two communities,” Sophia Ringsdorf, Enactus’ local efforts co-project manager and LOL coordinator, stated. “We hope this event demonstrates just how much a university and community can accomplish by working in harmony,” she added.
That first year, LOL brought in over 500 participants on that beautiful spring day to interact with each other and expose potential to become one solid community. “It inspired Enactus to continue LOL and make it an annual festival,’ said Kirk Tabor, local efforts project manager in 2011.
Enactus is a nonprofit organization that gives GU students the tools to learn the free enterprise system in a real working situation. EnActUs stands for: EN is for Entrepreneurial; Act is for Action; and Us is to represent all of us working towards the common good. Graceland students have worked on projects such as organizing a Winter Farmer’s Market, creating an Energy Savers program for low income food pantry participants and assisting several local entrepreneurs with business consulting.
In conjunction with the city’s Trails Commission, LOL has added a Kick-Off for the Lamoni Recreational Trail and a bike safety program provided by the Lamoni Optimist Club. Everyone who walks or rides the trails beginning at 2:30 until 4:00 p.m. will receive a bag of trail mix. Coupons will be given to walkers and riders at either the Smith Street or W 7th Street crossing of the trail. “I’m excited that the city has added the Trail’s Kick Off and Optimist’s bike safety program to the Livin’ on Linden Festival,” Lamoni Mayor Janelle Anders said. “The Festival is a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together.”
Along with the Kick Off, the Lamoni Optimists will offer their annual bike safety program for area youth. “We know that many bike-related crashes are associated with the behavior of the bicyclist – some of which are in control of the person riding the bike. This program is designed to teach safe bike riding skills and avoid those crashes,” Julie McElroy, President of the Lamoni Optimist, said. “We have put on this safety program in the past, but believe that the Festival gives us much more visibility for this very important community program,” she emphasized.
“Our goal this year is to make it 100% community sponsored. In addition to this goal, we hope to widen our scope of interest by advertising to surrounding areas. This year we are aiming to get even more community involvement and support,” Ringsdorf said. “With both communities working together as one, this event can become unforgettable!”
Along Linden Street, look for LOL’s inflatable’s, game booths put on by Graceland organizations with prizes; food from La Cocina Real, Pizza Shack, Peirce’s Dairy Cup, and Hy-Vee at very low prices; trail mix for walkers and riders; and LOL’s biggest attraction – raffle prizes which include 2-$100 VISA gift cards, a 32”VIZIO® LED 720p HDTV, and a black Wii!
LOL will also offer t-shirts for sale with all the supporting businesses’ logos on the back to help raise awareness not only during the event, but year round as people wear their shirts in everyday life. “Come help us celebrate our amazing community – and here’s to the 3rd annual LOL.” Ringsdorf said.