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The fun must go on: LaughFest announces plans for 2021 event

The celebration of laughter and health will look a little different in 2021, but it will continue as a shortened and primarily virtual event.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The fun will go on! Organizers of Gilda's LaughFest says they do indeed plan on hosting the annual celebration of laughter and health, but it will look a little different in 2021. 

LaughFest will be a shortened affair this year and primarily virtual, according to a press release Wednesday. 

The festival is a fundraiser for Gilda's Club, which provides free cancer or grief support for people in West Michigan. Gilda’s Club is celebrating its 20th year of operation, having first opened its doors to the public on February 15, 2001.

“It’s been a tough year, yet we remain ‘in this together’ and look forward to delivering smiles in a new way to West Michigan and beyond in 2021,” said Festival Director Joanne Roehm. “Our goal is to retain the spirit and community impact of the festival while providing a unique celebration as part of Gilda’s Club’s 20th year of operations.”

The events will be held March 11-14, with Gun Lake Casino as the presenting sponsor. This year’s festival will feature 30 events, as well as social media content and contests.

Headlining acts, which will be part of the festival’s premium (paid) content will be announced in February, along with the full festival schedule. LaughFest will continue to host free activities virtually, including: Family Improv Workshop, Kids Joke Time, Laughter Yoga and more. The Laughter Rx Symposium, a conference with continuing education credit opportunities for health care professionals, will continue to be part of the festival. In keeping with tradition, downtown Grand Rapids will once again play host to the Seriously Funny Adventure Challenge scavenger hunt. Teams competing in the socially-distanced event will have all four days of the festival to tour downtown Grand Rapids while following clues and prompts provided at various stops.

More details about LaughFest 2021 can be found at www.laughfestgr.org



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