Wilhite said that the art events held the past few
years in June have been dismal. The heat played a big role in the
loss of interest in those events. She noted that in the scorching
heart, visitors didn’t come out, and vendors where miserable as
well. She said some ended up leaving early last year because the
heat was just too much for them.
With the decision to return the art event to the Balloon Festival
weekend, Chamber Events Coordinator Kari Adams said that vendors who
had expressed disappointment in the past are more excited about
coming back. She said there are already several commitments from
artists and crafters of the past.
Wilhite noted that again, it is a weather driven event, and the
Chamber is still getting entries for the downtown park events. She
said that some are interested, but they are going to wait to commit
until they can get a weather forecast. Therefore, she said that the
chamber is anticipating that more and more vendors will sign on. She
said “our goal is to fill the park.” But in the first year of
bringing the art and crafts back to the Balloon Festival, it will be
somewhat of a ‘wait and see’ scenario.
Wilhite also explained that Latham Park will feature artists and
crafters with high quality products for sale. The event however will
not be a juried show, so there will be no judging and no awards
The Craft and Vendor Fair will run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and
Library book sale
The Lincoln Library Book Sale has become a big favorite on Balloon
Festival weekend, and that event will return once again this year.
Look for the opportunity to purchase books for a buck-a-bag starting
at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. The sale will continue on Sunday
opening at 10 a.m. and closing at 2 p.m.
Enjoy an ice cream social at the Woman’s Club on Saturday
This year the Lincoln Woman’s Club, located at 230 S. McLean will
host an Ice Cream Social on Saturday. The event will feature root
beer floats and other great dessert items as a fundraiser for the
Come enjoy the local stores and eateries in downtown Lincoln
Wilhite said that, again, listening to the opinions of the
community, and particularly in this case, downtown merchants, there
will be no food or beverage vendors in the downtown area on Saturday
While enjoying the arts, crafts, and other vendors, visitors are
encouraged to visit some of the wonderful shops in the downtown
Lincoln Heritage Museum on the Grassy Knoll
Look for fun Civil War era kids games in downtown Lincoln on the
Grassy Knoll, the lot located at the corner of Pekin and North
Kickapoo Street. The event is being provided by the Lincoln Heritage
Museum at Lincoln College.
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Tom McLaughlin and other volunteers will dress in
Civil War era clothing and will offer kids the opportunity to play
with games that would have been popular in the days of the Lincoln
The Museum will also have letterhead paper available for any child
who would like to write a letter to Abraham Lincoln. Some may recall
the museum has a wall dedicated to children’s letters. The letters
written on the Grassy Knoll may be added to that wall.
City of Lincoln and Lincoln Park District host downtown Sidewalk
Chalk Art again this year
Once again this year, while enjoying the events going on downtown,
walking will be encouraged, so that visitors may enjoy the sidewalk
chalk art projects that will be on display around the downtown
The artists will put their art down on the walks on Thursday, August
24th. Drawing and coloring starts at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday and
should be completed by 8 p.m. that evening.
To register for a spot on the sidewalk, artists can register and pay
their entry fee at the Lincoln Park District or City Hall. The $10
registration fee will include a designated space for drawing, a box
of sidewalk chalk and a can of hairspray for sealing the artwork
once it is completed.
Each year the sidewalk art is a great feature of the balloon
festival, and getting the chance to see the talent that exists in
Lincoln and Logan County is a lot of fun.
A work in progress, creating a true community event
Wilhite said that this year she feels the chamber is off to a great
start on what will be a work in progress over the next few years.
She said that the balloon festival can become better with each year,
if more people in the community become involved.
Wilhite noted that she is very excited to see the Woman’s Club offer
their ice cream social on Saturday. She’s also very excited to have
the Lincoln Heritage Museum take part in the downtown events.
She said that as time goes on, she is so hopeful that local
attractions such as Postville Courthouse and the Mill on 66 will
also want to be a part of the festival again. She said, “We want to
make this a town-wide, community event, not just an airport event or
a Chamber event.”