Balloon festival hosts 2nd annual bags tournament to benefit
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[August 21, 2012]
Back by popular demand, the Lincoln Art
& Balloon Festival will have a bags tournament on Saturday at the
Logan County Airport. This will be a double-elimination tournament
with a $10 registration fee per two-man team.
Registration will be at the beer garden between noon and 1 p.m. on
Saturday. The tournament begins at 1 p.m. in the beer garden. Prizes
will depend on the number of teams playing. All proceeds go to the
veterans committee of the Lincoln Elks.
The Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce is also partnering
with the veterans committee of the Elks to offer veterans free
tethered balloon rides with free admission passes to the balloon
festival. About 50 passes have been picked up from the Elks Golf Pro
Shop so far. There are still rides and admission passes available at
the shop from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. any day of the week.
For about a year the chamber of commerce and the Elks committee
have been working on forging a partnership to benefit local
veterans. George Lacefield, chairman of the Elks committee,
initiated conversations about offering something special at the
Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival for local vets last year, but time
was limited to get something together, so the two organizations
decided to continue to work together to offer something special for
the 2012 event. The Elks committee committed to buying balloon rides
for the first 200 veterans interested.
The chamber board of directors was so excited about the
generosity of the Elks that they voted to also donate the admission
passes to the festival, so veterans can have a weekend of great fun,
"It's just a small way to show our local veterans how much we
appreciate their service and sacrifice," said Lacefield about why
they want to offer the free rides.
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"We couldn't pass up this great opportunity to show our
appreciation to our local veterans, along with building a new
partnership with the Lincoln Elks," said Eric Graue, chairman of the
chamber's board of directors, on why the chamber board decided to
give the additional admission passes into the festival this year.
The passes are available to any veteran in Logan County who has
served in any branch of our armed services. Each veteran who comes
to the Elks will receive one free weekend admission pass to the
Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival, Friday through Sunday. The admission
pass will get one veteran a wristband that will allow him or her
access to the activities at the Logan County Airport. Veterans will
also receive a free tethered balloon ride pass good for one veteran
to ride in one of the weekend's main attractions -- a hot air
Details on times of rides and a schedule of activities during the
weekend are available at
www.lincolnillinois.com, or contact Andi
Hake or Jennifer Lovett at the chamber of commerce at 217-735-2385.
[Text from file received from
the Lincoln/Logan County
Chamber of Commerce]