Saturday is “Be a Tourist in Your Own Town” in Lansing

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Thousands hit the streets every year in Lansing to be a tourist for a day, as local businesses open their doors for people to explore.

“Lots of folks, 10 to 15,000 out in the streets enjoying the, enjoying the community, um and exploring the town that they live in,” Manager of Marketing and Communications for the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Brendan Dwyer said.

Ellison Brewery owner Eric Elliott says the event will bring them new customers.

“We’re tucked away in an industrial park and we’re known as the clubhouse and we really want you to experience that,” Elliott said.

They’ll have dollar beer samples and tours of the facility.
And after you’re done enjoying a cold beer, Elliott wants people to explore greater Lansing.

“Our community has a lot to offer and you don’t really need to go outside of the community to find it,” Elliott said.

The Michigan Library and Historical Center has been in Lansing for 25 years, but State Archivist Mark Harvey says not a lot of people know about it.

“This is a signature event for the entire building and we’re really excited to be a host location this year,” Mark Harvey, State Archivist for the Michigan Library and Historical Center said.

Besides the great exhibits inside, Harvey says they’ve also partnered with other businesses.

“Tomorrow we will have the local chapter of the Model T Ford Club of America here giving Model T rides to visitors,” Harvey said.

Brendan Dwyer with the Greater Lansing convention and Visitor’s Bureau hopes the event stirs a lot of community pride in Lansing.

“For just the change in your pocket, the whole community opens up to you that day, either things you haven’t been to in a long time or something you always meant to check out,” Dwyer said.

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