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Tuesday,  Aug. 31, 2021
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Lincoln and Logan County have a long-standing love affair with hot air balloons. Each time that we see one in the skies, it takes our breath away just a little bit. What is impressive about these giant orbs of color is that the balloons take on a different personality when the night falls. For example, Greg Saul's Good and Plenty went aloft Saturday evening from Apex Park in Lincoln and glowed on Saturday night at the Lincoln Park District. Two pictures of the balloon in a similar stage of inflation, one taken in the afternoon and one taken at night, show the dramatic change between daylight and dark.

Photos by Nila Smith

The Balloons Over 66 weekend included a 5K run/walk starting early Saturday morning at the Lincoln Park District. Runners and walkers followed a marked course that led them away from the park district, through residential parts of town that included the challenge of hills ending at Scully Park. The timed race saw some remarkable finishes even though it was pretty warm, even in the earliest part of the day.

Finishing first among the men in the event was Clint Wombles with a time of 20:02.41. Among the ladies competing, Brittney Schmidgall came in first with a time of 23:39.81. Schmidgall finished seventh overall.

Photos by Jan Youngquist     (Click on image to enlarge)


Balloons Over 66 weekend

Runners go all out on Balloons Over 66 5K
Balloons Over 66 5K Run/Walk - Runners cross the finish line on a warm Saturday morning - slideshow
Shoppers at the Oasis Vendor Market on Saturday not deterred by the heat
Oasis Vendor Market - Shoppers enjoy a walk around the track for the sake of shopping - slideshow
Oasis Vendor Market - Vendors have a good day in spite of the heat - slideshow
Balloons fill the sky at the Saturday evening launch of Balloons Over 66
Saturday evening launch at the Apex - Honest Abe the first to fly - slideshow
Saturday evening launch at the Apex - Spectators enjoy Saturday evening launch - slideshow
Saturday evening launch at the Apex - Evening launch made all the better with fly bys from other launch sites - slideshow
Saturday evening glow a beautiful sight to see
Saturday night glow at the Lincoln Park District - As dusk arrives, so do the balloons - slideshow
Saturday night glow at the Lincoln Park District - A blaze of color lights the night - slideshow



  • Updated 08/25/2021
    Logan County Dashboard
    106,371 tested - 101,997 negative- 4,374 positive - 134 active cases - 4,172 recovered - 68 deaths

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