Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival

Festival Sunday start includes Up Up and Away race

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[August 26, 2014]  Over 50 runners took part in the annual Lincoln Park District Up Up & Away 5-K Run and Walk on a beautiful Sunday morning on the last day of the Art and Balloon Fest. The race course started at the Park District and traveled on Wyatt Avenue to Home Avenue and then to the end of Home and back.

Safety was of the upmost importance and the Lincoln Fire Department provided cars to block the race course and volunteers with signs to alert drivers to the presence of runners. Jackie Pavlik of the Park District patrolled the route on her bike to make sure all of the participants were doing well.

The final group in the Art of Wine and Brew Big Top on Saturday evening was Cousin Eddie from Peoria. Their tight harmonies, remarkable musicianship and terrific play list was a hit with the overflow crowd. It's not often a band does a cover of Buffalo Springfield's 60's anthem "For What Its Worth." It was like being in a time machine.

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Seth Goodman inflated his balloon before the race in the Park District's parking lot to mark one of the closing events of the 2014 Lincoln Art and Balloon Fest.

It was a terrific weekend, the Lincoln Festival's finest.


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