‘Be A Tourist’ event fun for all ages
By Haneen Hammad
The 23rd annual “Be A Tourist In Your Own Town” event, held Saturday, June 3, included free admission to over 90 Lansing attractions and activities.
The event drew in many families, couples, friends, young and old to enjoy attractions in East Lansing, Old Town, downtown Lansing and other surrounding locations.
LCC was part of the 90 attractions. Participants were able to take a self-guided tour of the LCC downtown sculpture walk, as well as visit Shigematsu Garden, the TV and radio stations and the Veterans’ Memorial.
Old Town’s annual “Chalk of the Town” was also a part of the event and drew in a large audience. “Chalk of the Town” gave artists a chance to show off their art skills, while the audience had a chance to vote on their favorite creations.
LCC student Zoe Chapman-King, who has participated in “Be A Tourist In Your Own Town” in the past, said she enjoys the annual event.
“My favorite part is the Chalk of the Town because it gives local artists a way to publicly display their art,” Chapman-King said. “It also gives children the ability to create their own chalk drawings.”
Michelle MacBane, an artist who has participated in the event for four years, says she loves participating in it.
“I love doing it, but it is always something new every year, rain or shine,” McBane said. “You never know who’s going to show up, but it is always a good time.”
The 2017 “Be A Tourist In Your Own Town” hosted an estimated 15,000 residents, according to Tracy Padot, vice president of Marketing Communications of Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Chapman-King said this year’s event was a good one.
“It was my second time participating in the event and I think it was busier this year because the event was advertised around town more,” Chapman-King said.
“I think it’s a great way for families in Lansing and East Lansing to support local businesses and have a fun time outside of the house.”