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[AUG. 13, 2004]
Lincoln Art and Balloon Festival will host a karaoke contest at
the main stage of the Logan County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Aug. 28,
from noon to 3 p.m. The competition is open, with a "first come,
first sing" policy. Lincoln karaoke jockey Margaret Rubenacker of
TCB Karaoke will be the emcee. Grand prize is $200 and cash prizes
will be awarded to three finalists. A "Mr./Ms. Karaoke" award will
be presented to the contestant who most embodies the karaoke spirit.
Registration for the contest begins at
noon and open competition will conclude at 2:30 pm. Judges will then
select five finalists to do a "sing off" at 3 p.m.
"We're really looking forward to the
competition," said Brooke Detmers of the Lincoln/Logan County
Chamber of Commerce. "It's new, it's fun, and we're expecting a
Sponsored by Character's Pub, Budweiser
and the Riverton Village Tap, the karaoke contest joins the bocce
ball tournament as the new events featured on Saturday afternoon at
"These events really complement the
Lions Club crafts and carnival wristband afternoon," said Bobbi
Abbott, executive director of the chamber. "We want there to be
something for everyone at the Art and Balloon Festival -- downtown
will be hosting the art fair and the fairgrounds will feature good
Other main stage entertainment acts at
the Logan County Fairgrounds include the Johnny Thompson Band,
performing on Friday at 5 p.m., and Steely Pan, a Caribbean-style
steel drum band that will play Saturday at 5 p.m.
The Lincoln Art and Balloon Festival,
which takes place Aug. 27-29, currently features over 40 hot-air
balloons, two special-shape hot-air balloons and a juried art fair
respected throughout the Midwest.
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The Logan County Fairgrounds will host
the balloon portion of the festival. Gate times are 4 to 11 p.m. on
Friday and noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Evening admission fee is $2
per person with children under 5 free. From noon to 3:30 p.m.
admission is free.
Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 28-29,
downtown Lincoln features attractions including the 31st annual Art
Fair, Main Street Lincoln's "The Art of Wine," a flea market in
Scully Park, a classic car show and numerous other events that
stretch for blocks.
The chamber is currently looking for
volunteers to work the grounds, crew balloons and assist visitors at
the festival. For more information regarding the Lincoln Art and
Balloon Festival or to volunteer, contact the Lincoln/Logan County
Chamber of Commerce at (217) 735-2385 or e-mail
Art and Balloon Festival is organized by the Lincoln/Logan Chamber
of Commerce with the support of local businesses and community
volunteers. Lincoln is conveniently situated near several major
highways and located approximately 30 miles north of Springfield and
170 miles south of Chicago. The city of Lincoln was named for
Abraham Lincoln, and is home to several historical sites
commemorating the 16th president.
County Chamber of Commerce