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[FEB. 17, 2005]
year it gets bigger and better. If you have lived in Lincoln just
one year, you know what it is. What started as a nice little art
festival in downtown Latham Park over three decades ago and has
grown into a four-day citywide celebration that attracts over 10,000
visitors. The festival now includes arts and crafts, flea markets, a
carnival, music and entertainment, and many other activities and
events spread throughout town. But what gains the most attention are
those big, glorious, fire-breathing masses that roar from on high --
It was determined last year that it
would be best to find a new location to host the balloon portion of
the festival. The balloons have been launching and glowing from the
Logan County Fairgrounds in recent years. The fairgrounds will
continue to host a number of activities, but the balloons are moving
out to the Logan County Airport, where they and spectators will have
Airport officials have been meeting
with the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber balloon fest committee for
many months working out details for the 2005 balloon festival. A
plan is coming together that all find appealing. The chamber
committee made a lot of headway by consulting with Danville
officials, who also host a large balloon event. Danville was very
helpful in supplying details on how to be successful using the
airport grounds, chamber president Patrick Doolin said.
Some roads around the airport will become one-way.
Signs will be posted directing traffic.
The sheriff's department will assist with traffic.
- A one-way traffic flow plan into the north end of the
grounds and out again has been developed.
- The grass landing strip will be closed.
- The main landing strip will be closed for short amounts of
time while balloon launch.
- Arrangements have been made for a portable fuel tank to be
brought in and located at the south end, away from balloon
activities on the north end.
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Airport authorities agree that the
limited amount of time that the runway is closed should pose no
problem to pilots. Other airports close for air events like the
Peoria and Bloomington air shows. The FAA will issue alerts in pilot
The change of the balloon location
frees up the track space at the fairgrounds so that Lincoln Speedway
may host a race at the fairgrounds on Sunday evening.
Heritage In Flight Museum will be a
key attraction at the festival. The museum consists of three areas.
The outdoor static displays are open anytime. The hangar and
artifacts buildings are open by set hours and by appointment.
Festival hours will be announced.
The committee will be meeting with
airport neighbors in the near future to discuss concerns and traffic