Merengue to tropical tunes or catch the beat
of oldies at this year's Lincoln Art
and Balloon Festival
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[AUG. 20, 2004]
Lincoln Art and Balloon Festival will feature Steely Pan and the
Johnny Thompson Band as the 2004 grandstand entertainment at the
Logan County Fairgrounds. Steely Pan, a Caribbean-style steel drum
band, promises to bring an "island" feel to Saturday night's stage,
while the Johnny Thompson Band will once again dazzle the audience
with old standards. The art and balloon fest, 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.
Bobbi Abbott, executive director of the
local chamber of commerce, believes that this year's entertainment
offers something for everybody. "The Johnny Thompson Band will be
performing the '50s and '60s music we all like to hear," Abbott
said. "Steely Pan's tropical theme promises a unique, new sound that
is certain to be a hit."
The Johnny Thompson Band, sponsored by
the State Bank of Lincoln, features four talented musicians who will
rock the crowd with songs known and loved by all ages. The group
will play from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday on the festival main stage,
breaking for the announcing of the balloons. Johnny Thompson Band
returns to the balloon fest after a well-received performance last
The delightfully Caribbean sound of
Steely Pan will enchant audiences on the Saturday night main stage.
Sponsored by the New Holland Banking Center and First National Bank
of Tremont, Steely Pan uses bass and steel drums to create the music
of Trinidad and Tobago. Steely Pan will play from 5 to 8 p.m. on the
festival main stage, with a break for the announcing of the
"These two groups perfectly complement
the fun atmosphere of the balloon festival," Abbott said. "Everyone
looks forward to seeing the balloons, but the Johnny Thompson Band
and Steely Pan are two more reasons to come out to the fairgrounds
on Friday and Saturday night."
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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. The 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. Lincoln was named for Abraham Lincoln,
and is home to several historical sites commemorating the 16th
County Chamber of Commerce