Rain fails to wash fun out of art and balloon fest weekend
Send a link to a friend
[AUG. 30, 2004]
weekend went very well considering the hand that Mother Nature dealt
us," said Bobbi Abbott, chamber of commerce director. "Fortunately
the community and visiting spectators understand that hot-air
balloons are finicky about the weather." As a backup plan the
weekend holds numerous other activities throughout town that are
less influenced by rain. No one should go away without finding some
fun, Abbott said.
The two newest events, bocce
ball and karaoke, were very successful and are expected to gain in
popularity. They will be returning in the future, Abbott said.
Some balloons were able to
launch on Saturday morning, but other flights were scrapped due to
weather. Balloons inflated for a couple of hours Saturday, but the
evening's glow was cut short about 8 o'clock by rain. The balloon
envelopes cannot be put away wet.
A review of comments by the
visiting artists indicated that they were quite pleased with their
experience here, Abbott said. The milder temperatures allowed for
pleasant walking around. Crowds and sales were good.
Saturday's crowd was ravenous
for books, and that hunger was met at the Lincoln Public Library's
annual book sale. The basement of the library had too little left to
top of second column in this article]
In its second year, the Art of
Wine broke last year's attendance on both Saturday and Sunday. By
closing time on Sunday the Illinois winemakers represented were
selling out of some of their wares
There isn't a year goes by that
you don't see lots of people hauling lots of stuff away from the
flea market located in Scully Park. This year was no different.
Record crowds packed the Logan
County Fairgrounds, which not only held balloons on the infield, but
also provided live music, a diversity of food and refreshments,
barns filled with a variety of arts and crafts and jewelry, and a
carnival as well.
festival has become an event of great community pride, and each year
gets a little bigger and better. You can bet that following this
year's positive evaluations, plans are well under way for an even
better event next year.
1. Larry Owen, Danville, pilot of S.S.
Rollo Fitzpug; sponsored by Eaton Electric
2. Jeff Philiph, Wildwood, Mo., pilot
of Primary Delight, Too; sponsored by Abraham Lincoln Memorial
Glebe, Howell, Mich., pilot of Chevy Truck-Pontiac; sponsored by Graue Inc.
top of second column in this section]
1. Dwane Taylor, Weatherford, Okla.,
2. Roger Dewitt, Gillespie,
3. Alice Jaeger-Ashland, St. Ann, Mo.,
1. Carl Scott Lindley, Mount Pulaski,
2. Rachel and Allen Haynes, Altona,
3. Bill Heyduck, Charleston, stoneware
Harris Memorial Award
Bob Holloway, Kansas City, Mo., mixed
Glowacki, Janesville, Wis., watercolor
[Provided by Bobbi Abbott,
Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce]