Lancaster Mennonite hosts its annual family-friendly Fall Festival and Homecoming both virtually and at their 95-acre Lancaster campus (2176 Lincoln Highway East) on October 2nd and 3rd! On Friday, LM will host a drive-thru Hess’s BBQ takeout dinner, varsity soccer and field hockey games! On Saturday morning, they will be hosting the Iron Bridge 5K Trail Run/Walk, which can be run at home or on their wooded cross-country trails at reserved times. On Saturday evening, there is a Virtual Fall Homecoming Gala closing out the final hours of a week-long online Benefit Auction and celebrating the LM community. The Virtual Gala is free but there will also be a new Gala-in-a-Box option available for purchase, which will feature special products by local and alumni-owned businesses.
They have adjusted weekend activities due to updated safety and health regulations around COVID-19 and will continue to update their website and social media pages with the latest information available.
All events during the weekend are open to the public, and all ages are welcome. The Lancaster community, alumni, families and supporters are all invited to celebrate fall with Lancaster Mennonite.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2 – Hess’s BBQ Drive-Thru and Sports Games
Hess’s Famous Pork & Chicken Barbecue
Drive-thru/Take-out: 11:30 AM-6:30 PM. Lancaster Campus. We encourage you to pre-order online. Stop by the Lancaster Campus for an annual favorite, a barbecue dinner provided by Hess’s Barbecue. This year it will be drive-thru/take-out only from 11:30 AM to 6:30 PM at the Lancaster Campus. A full barbecue dinner includes pork and chicken BBQ, picnic side dishes, fruit, a roll, a beverage, and dessert. $15 for adults and $6 for kids (age 12 and under). During the Hess’s BBQ drive-thru, the LM Band will be playing several sets from 1:00-3:00pm. Pick up your BBQ during that time frame for the chance to hear them play!
Varsity Girls Field Hockey Game and Boys Soccer Games
Cheer for the Blazers as our Varsity Girls Field Hockey team faces up against Lancaster Country Day School at 4:00 PM, and our JV & Varsity Boys Soccer teams take on Pequea Valley at 5:30 PM and 7:00 PM respectively. All the games will take place on the turf field in the stadium. Please check LM’s website for current updates/changes.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3 – Iron Bridge 5K and Virtual Benefit and Gala
Iron Bridge 5K Trail Run/Walk
The Iron Bridge 5K Run/Walk offers runners of all levels and ages one of the most picturesque trail courses in Lancaster County. Join LM Saturday, October 3rd at 10 AM or at a time that suits your schedule! Map out your own 5K route or sign up on LM’s website for a timeslot to run the scenic Iron Bridge route while safely socially distancing. The race is self-timed this year. $30 for registered adults; $15 for registered children and youth 4-17 yrs old; FREE for 3 yrs old and under.
Virtual Benefit Auction and Gala
For the first time ever, join LM from anywhere for the Lancaster Mennonite Virtual Homecoming Benefit Auction and Gala! The Benefit Auction will run for one week online and culminate with our Virtual Homecoming Gala on Saturday, October 3 from 7:00 PM-9:00 PM. The Saturday night Virtual Gala will feature:
- Student Musicians
- Alumni of the Year Recognition
- Virtual Tour of the ‘64 Wing Classroom Renovations
- Student Testimonials
- And the culmination of LM’s online benefit auction
Pre-registration / log-in required for Saturday night’s free Virtual Gala. Stay tuned for more information about their new Gala-in-a-Box option to enjoy at home during this event featuring special products by local and alumni-owned businesses.