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Balloon festival sets new roots at
Logan County Airport         
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[AUG. 24, 2005]  It's almost here! This year's balloon festival has taken on new challenges for event organizers, who began working as soon as last year's festival was over. The festival had once again outgrown its location, and it was time to look for a new place with more room, easy access and utilities -- not an easy challenge. But they did it, and the bigger festival promises to be more fun than ever.

The Logan County Airport was chosen. The move to the northeast edge of Lincoln will afford more room for everything and everyone. There will be a better view and room to see more of those magnificent, colorful, lighter-than-air aircraft at one time.

All of the usual attractions that were at the Logan County Fairgrounds will make the hop over to the airport, and there will be some additional attractions and activities.

The weekend of fun begins at 5 p.m. on Thursday with an early kickoff at Maple Ridge Care Centre, located near the end of North Kickapoo Street. Those who come early enough will see a sampling of the balloons as they fly over the grounds.

The festival will kick into full gear on Friday evening when flights and activities begin at 4 p.m. and last until 10 p.m. at the airport. In addition to the late afternoon flights, there will be evening glows by which you can enjoy food, carnival rides, music and the beer garden. With the move comes the added attraction of the Heritage In Flight Museum and its outdoor static displays. The craft show will be open as well.

Saturday activities at the airport include all of the above, as well as a return of last year's popular bocce ball tournament, bingo, the Railsplitter Antique Auto Club and a Lincoln Speedway "Pit Stop."

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Planners have made getting in and out of the airport grounds easy. Two gates have been added that provide entry to the north end of the airport grounds. Lots of parking is provided there. There will be a one-way traffic pattern on Airport Road running west to east from Kickapoo Street to 1400th Avenue.

For those coming to the airport from town, Airport Road is on the right, just past Maple Ridge. Once on Airport Road, motorists will be directed to keep going straight past the main airport entry. Just beyond that point are the two gates. The first gate is the entrance. The second gate is to exit.

Exiting traffic will continue to travel eastward. At the next corner motorists will turn left to go to Business 55 or turn right to go to Route10 and back to town.

[Jan Youngquist]

See the events calendar for a full listing of times and places of all the art and balloon fest events in Lincoln this weekend.

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