Uncle Sam hails from South Dakota and is managed by the
Balloon Club. Built in 1985, Uncle Sam is the first hot-air
balloon to fly in the former USSR, at the historic 1989 Balloon
Rally in Lithuania. Nearly 90 feet tall (the average balloon
measures around 66 feet), Uncle Sam holds 110,000 cubic feet of air,
and the envelope weighs over 400 pounds.
Mayor Beth Davis and
the city of Lincoln will sponsor the Uncle Sam balloon. "We are
excited about this year's balloon fest and the Uncle Sam balloon the
city of Lincoln is sponsoring
this year," the mayor said. "We hope everyone will have time to come
out and enjoy the fun planned at this year's event."
One of many
attractions being planned for the 2004 Lincoln Art and Balloon
Festival, Uncle Sam promises to delight balloon fans of all ages.
Visitors at the fairgrounds will enjoy 37 hot-air balloons and three
special shape hot-air balloons, which will perform two glows and six
flights over Lincoln. Other fairgrounds events include a craft show,
karaoke contest, boccie ball tournament, carnival, beer garden,
concessions and numerous other activities.
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