Lanterns over Benson

Allow me to introduce you to Benson Arizona.

Located some 45 miles southeast of Tucson and surrounded by several mountains is the small town of Benson. It’s a town that time seems to have passed by. Five thousand people call Benson “home” with many of those being retired having relocated here for the abundant sunshine and slow pace.

There’s no big industry here, no huge shopping centers, no high rise condo’s and with only three traffic lights, no traffic jams.  You’ll find the local Walmart to be half the size of others and if you’re looking for gourmet dinning …well you’re out of luck.

What you will find though is a town with friendly people, cafe’s with home style cooking, and a community with Heart!

Once a year, Benson has a fall festival that attracts the entire community. Like most festivals it has its fair share of food vendors and local artisans. There’s music, the ever popular “Funnel Cakes” and “Elephant Ears” and the Bar-b-que brisket is touted to be the best in town! Of course the town mayor is making his rounds making sure all are having a good time and scoring votes for the next election!

Then Night falls. Like a scene from “Field of Dreams” the cars are lined up waiting to pass the gate. People gather claiming the perfect spot. Anticipation fills the air. You can sense that something spectacular is about to happen!

Headlights under a spectacular sky!

The best has been saved for last. You see, each admission includes a hot air lantern. With “What a Wonderful World” playing  over the loud speakers, all are lit and released. Hundreds and hundreds! The night sky bursts with light as far as the eye can see. 

All around adults and children alike were gazing into the night sky with smiles on their faces. What a beautiful moment this was.

For a breif moment, the simple little town of Benson Arizona was the guiding light for all to see!

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