Saturday, Aug. 27


The best-ever Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival under way          Send a link to a friend

[AUG. 27, 2005]  LINCOLN -- One-half day into the balloon festival, organizers are pretty happy with their decision to move to the Logan County Airport. Prayers parted the clouds over the airport just in time for a latish launch at about 6:15 p.m. on Friday.

The first launch from the new site provided a never-seen-before spectacle for the Lincoln festival. In addition to the beauty of more balloons in sight at one time, the balloons stayed over and near the grounds, using circulating air patterns. Normally balloons lift, catch a wind and float off in the prevailing wind direction, not to be seen. Last night, however, viewers saw most of the entire flight and landings of nearly all the balloons. Some came right back within yards of where they launched. Others landed in just the next field over, and a few flew farther east but still in sight.

The balloons were able to launch once again this morning. After waiting for morning fog to burn off, they took to the air before 8 a.m. Some took off from west of Lincoln and landed at the airport, and some took off from the airport.

Flights are scheduled for this evening and tomorrow morning. You'll find a balloon glow, entertainment and lots of food with other activities at the airport today.

Meanwhile, downtown the activities are just entering full swing today. Artists have arranged their wares in Latham Park; the Kids' Zone offers lots of added fun for kids; The Art of Wine will offer the usual respite for relaxation and tasting of fine wines; and Scully Park is offering antiques, collectibles and craft items.

Many other activities are scheduled, lasting through Sunday evening.

[Check the balloon fest schedule of events.]

[Jan Youngquist]

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