Summer Solstice celebrated in Madison

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- The annual Summer Solstice Celebration took place at Olbrich Park in Madison on Friday night.

The event is a celebration of community, nature, humanity and life on earth on the northern hemisphere's longest day of the year. The celebration is sponsored by the SASY Neighborhood Association and Friends of Starkweather Creek.

Festival-goers also threw pieces of paper with their wishes into the flames, hoping they come true.

Festivities included canoe rides on Starkweather Creek, live music, drumming and a bonfire for the offering of dreams, and letting go of disappointments, according to organizers.

Yogesh Chawla — the District 6 Representative on the Dane County Board of Supervisors — was the honored fire lighter

The events took place at the Olbrich Park Baseball Diamond #5, which is at the bottom of the sledding hill on the western end of the park.