Wednesday, August 22, 2012
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County board gets updates on Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival and Family Preparedness Day

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[August 22, 2012]  There were two primary items of interest to announce at the reconvened meeting of the Logan County Board on Tuesday.

Those present were Robert Farmer, chairman; Andy Anderson; Rick Aylesworth; Kevin Bateman; Bill Martin; Pat O'Neill; Gene Rohlfs; Chuck Ruben; and Jan Schumacher. Guests included Dan and Carol Tackett, Betsy Pech, and Alana Sorrentino.

Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival

Jan Schumacher and Kevin Bateman both referred to the need for volunteers for the art and balloon fest this weekend.

Those interested in volunteering to help with the barbecue competition can contact Kevin Bateman. As of Tuesday, there will be 45 teams participating in the competition. Bateman said there may still be a chance the competition will hit the maximum of 50 teams.

"We received a third of our teams the last two days of registration last year," Bateman said.

The total prize money this year is up to $15,000, and that's all from local business contributions, Bateman said.

There will be a few new vendors this year and a new event.

The new event, which is also barbecue-related, is called "Anything Goes," and the local first responders will be the judges. The teams will have two rules. The first is that the dish has to be a kabob of some kind. The second rule is that watermelon must be present on the tray. The winner will receive $500.

"We're taking control of the streets starting Thursday," Bateman enjoyed saying. The streets of downtown will be blocked off starting Thursday at 4 p.m.; Broadway, McLean and Pulaski streets will be closed to traffic.

Family Preparedness Day

Alana Sorrentino spoke to the board on behalf of the Logan County Emergency Management Agency. Sorrentino said she has been working with Shana Bean, emergency response coordinator for the Logan County Department of Public Health, on an upcoming Family Preparedness Day.

The event falls on Sept. 15 and will take place in Scully Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. September is National Preparedness Month.

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There will be presentations by the health department, the EMA, Lincoln fire departments, Logan County Paramedics, local police and the Red Cross.

"They will be promoting what to do in a disaster, how to plan for a disaster, things you should have and information -- in a fun day," said Sorrentino.

Admission will be free to the public, and Sorrentino said there should be vendors as well.

Help out with the art and balloon fest

What is there to help with?

Volunteer form:

To volunteer to assist with the barbecue, contact Kevin Bateman, 217-671-3100.

Up in Smoke on the Square:

In closing for the evening, board chairman Farmer said: "It's the Art & Balloon Festival weekend coming up. I hope everyone will take some time and get out and enjoy it."


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