Rain fails to wash fun out of art and balloon fest weekend     Send a link to a friend

[AUG. 30, 2004]  "The weekend went very well considering the hand that Mother Nature dealt us," said Bobbi Abbott, chamber of commerce director. "Fortunately the community and visiting spectators understand that hot-air balloons are finicky about the weather." As a backup plan the weekend holds numerous other activities throughout town that are less influenced by rain. No one should go away without finding some fun, Abbott said.

The two newest events, bocce ball and karaoke, were very successful and are expected to gain in popularity. They will be returning in the future, Abbott said.

Some balloons were able to launch on Saturday morning, but other flights were scrapped due to weather. Balloons inflated for a couple of hours Saturday, but the evening's glow was cut short about 8 o'clock by rain. The balloon envelopes cannot be put away wet.

A review of comments by the visiting artists indicated that they were quite pleased with their experience here, Abbott said. The milder temperatures allowed for pleasant walking around. Crowds and sales were good.

Saturday's crowd was ravenous for books, and that hunger was met at the Lincoln Public Library's annual book sale. The basement of the library had too little left to reopen Sunday.


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In its second year, the Art of Wine broke last year's attendance on both Saturday and Sunday. By closing time on Sunday the Illinois winemakers represented were selling out of some of their wares

There isn't a year goes by that you don't see lots of people hauling lots of stuff away from the flea market located in Scully Park. This year was no different.

Record crowds packed the Logan County Fairgrounds, which not only held balloons on the infield, but also provided live music, a diversity of food and refreshments, barns filled with a variety of arts and crafts and jewelry, and a carnival as well.

The festival has become an event of great community pride, and each year gets a little bigger and better. You can bet that following this year's positive evaluations, plans are well under way for an even better event next year.

[Jan Youngquist]

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Festival winners

Hot-air balloon pilot awards

1. Larry Owen, Danville, pilot of S.S. Rollo Fitzpug; sponsored by Eaton Electric

2. Jeff Philiph, Wildwood, Mo., pilot of Primary Delight, Too; sponsored by Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital

3. Phil Glebe, Howell, Mich., pilot of Chevy Truck-Pontiac; sponsored by Graue Inc.

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Artist awards


1. Dwane Taylor, Weatherford, Okla., watercolor

2. Roger Dewitt, Gillespie, oil-graphite

3. Alice Jaeger-Ashland, St. Ann, Mo., relief printmaking


1. Carl Scott Lindley, Mount Pulaski, mixed media

2. Rachel and Allen Haynes, Altona, metal

3. Bill Heyduck, Charleston, stoneware

Janet Harris Memorial Award

Bob Holloway, Kansas City, Mo., mixed media

Best of Show

Connie Glowacki, Janesville, Wis., watercolor

[Provided by Bobbi Abbott, executive director, Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce]


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