The 2009 festival will welcome the arrival of a large, new
entertainment stage at the airport. On Friday, Aug. 28, crowds will
be entertained by Glory Days, a fun, soulful Americana band. On
Saturday, Aug. 29, the entertainment stage will be home to a
railsplitting demonstration by the Logan Railsplitting Association,
followed by the Country Mavericks, and headlining The Brat Pack, an
'80s cover band with loads of character. Also new to the airport is
wrestling, brought to you by Professional Wrestling Entertainment,
starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday. With six matches, this fun, free
family entertainment promises to thrill young and old. The airport
will also have a carnival, remote-control airplane demonstration,
helicopter rides, airplane rides and tethered balloon rides.
Exciting changes will take place in downtown Lincoln. The chamber
has worked to develop activities and attractions to bridge the
Lincoln Art Fair in Latham Park to the flea market and craft fair in
Scully Park. The addition of the craft fair in Scully Park will
enhance the downtown experience, while Kickapoo Street from Latham
Park to Scully Park will be filled with family-friendly activity for
young and old. The new Family Fun Park, The Art of Wine, quad bungee
jump, 50-foot obstacle course, the Football Fun area and carriage
rides will entertain as patrons travel the Kickapoo Street corridor
from park to park.
Downtown will also have its own live entertainment. A hot-air
balloon inflation is planned for Saturday, Aug. 29, at 11:30 a.m. at
the corner of Kickapoo and Pulaski streets. This will be a great
opportunity to ask all of your balloon questions and satisfy your
curiosities. This cold-air inflation will allow for exploration into
the heart of the balloon. Also on Saturday, the Logan Railsplitting
Association will do a railsplitting demonstration at 1 p.m. at the
Kickapoo and Pulaski corner. Latham Park will host the True Blue
Barbershop Quartet on Saturday, and Scully Park will have the
Country Mavericks on Saturday and the Amazing Elvis on Sunday.
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For the first time, the chamber is producing and giving away an
official Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival collector program. It is
currently at press but can be viewed at
The program is the official guide to everything about the Lincoln
Art & Balloon Festival. The program will include a complete schedule
of events, maps, directions, pilots and sponsor listings, full-color
balloon pictorial, art fair listings and map, entertainment
listings, and will include everything you need to know to make your
weekend at the Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival a great experience.
"This program gave our local businesses a great opportunity to
promote their services to 10,000 people attending the festival,"
said Andi Hake, executive director of the Lincoln/Logan County
Chamber of Commerce.
The Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival is an important part of the
mission of the chamber to serve the membership through a commitment
to the economic prosperity of Lincoln and Logan County. The festival
brings thousands of people to our community to stay in our hotels,
eat in our restaurants and shop in our stores.
[Text from file received from
the Lincoln/Logan County
Chamber of Commerce]