Touchstone Energy Balloon Fest
October 5-7, 2018
Details are tentative and will be updated as needed,
please check back frequently!
Event Schedule
October 5, 2018
SUNRISE 6:57 am, SUNSET 6:33 pm
5:00 pm Event Kickoff-Fun Flight at COE Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center Balloons will inflate and launch from this area. (Music by All Kindz of Soundz). (Cromwell Radio Group Live Remote) Hot Air Balloon Canvas Painting Class at 5 and 6-$10. (Contact 217-774-3951, x2 to sign up.) Balloons may inflate at Dam West Recreation Area.
8:00 pm Pilots/Sponsor Dinner TBD Pilots, sponsors, and media only
October 6, 2018
SUNRISE 6:58 am, SUNSET 6:32 pm
6:00 am Pilot Briefing/Crew Call (Morning Flight)
7:00 am Sunrise Fun Flight. Best place to view Shelby County Airport. Balloons will have a fun flight over the airport. (Music by All Kindz of Soundz)
6:30 - 9:30 am Community Breakfast Fundraiser by Festival of Lights and Chautauqua Preservation Committees. Adults $5 AYCE; Kids under 12 are $2. at the Shelby County Airport.
8 - 11:30 am Young Eagles Flights at Shelby County Airport. Ages 8-17. Youth will learn about planes and may have a chance for a ride. Registration begins at 8 am, flights from 8:30-11:30 am. Legal guardian must be present to sign waiver of consent, all kids receive a certificate and flight log book.
9 am - Dusk SummerSkyz offering paid helicopter rides: 3 people maximum per ride $30 a person.
Food starts at 4 pm. Glow at dusk Balloon Glow/Cookout. at Shelby County Airport. Fire Dept will have a cookout. Walkers Kettle Corn. Strasburg Lions Spiral Spuds. Bring your chairs and blankets. (Music by All Kindz of Soundz)
Family Drug Kids Area-4-6:45 pm-Inflatables/bounce houses for kids N/C per wristband. Tethered Balloon Rides from 4-9 pm-$10 per person to benefit local charities. At 5:30 pm, there will be skyjumpers with a United States Flag.
Central Illinois Public Transit will be providing free shuttle service during the glow on Oct. 6th from Walmart's lot by lawn & garden and from IHI Turbo.
October 7, 2018
SUNRISE 6:59 am, SUNSET 6:30 pm
6:00 am Pilot Briefing/Crew Call (Morning Flight)
7:00 am Sunrise Fun Flight. Best place to view is Dam West Recreational Area. Balloons will have a fun flight over the lake.
10:00 am Pilots Awards Brunch. Pilots and sponsors only
Due to weather, balloons may not take to the air.

*Times and Dates are Subject to Change*
Check back often for updates and changes

Balloon Sponsors
Monical's Pizza-Shelbyville, Shelby County State Bank, State Farm-Jeremy Jokisch,
Edward Jones-Tad Mayhall, Willow Ridge Winery, IHI Turbo America,
Dr. Brown Family Dentist, The Iron Keg,
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lake Shelbyville-Water Safety,
Prairie Power Inc & Touchstone Energy Cooperatives of Illinois,
Villas of Holly Brook, J & R Collision Center, Bruce Cannon Real Estate Appraisals

Meal Sponsors
Shelby County Democrats

Key Event Sponsors
Shelby County Airport, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Lake Shelbyville, Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, Family Drug, Oak Terrace Resort, B & R Marine

Balloon Fest Partners
Shelby County Office of Tourism/Lake Shelbyville Area CVB, Shelby County, Shelbyville Fire Department, City of Shelbyville, Shelby County Airport, Shelby County Rescue Squad, Shelby County Dive Team,
Shelby Electric Cooperative,

Other Sponsors
Shelby Energy Company, Simply Yours Boutique, Shelbyville McDonalds, Iced, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water Safety, Pro Lube of Shelbyville, Oak Terrace Resort and Spa, Darla's Delights and Rental Service, Vahlings Vineyards and Winery, Niemerg's Winery, County Market, WalMart, Casey's-Shelbyville, Tailwinds Steakhouse, Democratic Party of Shelby County, Central Service Center, Central Illinois Public Transit, Wilma's Video Gaming Cafe, Studio 1 Twenty 3, First Federal Savings and Loan, Longbranch Bar & Grill, Shelby County Sheriff's Department Reserves, Central Illinois Public Transit (CIPT), Shelbyville Area Community Development, The Shelby Inn, Druby's Restaurant, Cromwell Radio Group, Miller Media Group,
Studio 1 Twenty 3, Sta-Rite Ginnie Lou, Team Wireless, LED Concepts & Designs

Balloons/Pilots Coming
Honest Abe-Seth Goodman, Touchstone Energy-Bob Scobee,
Knot Over-Al & Evie Reusch, Double Image-Laurie Acuff, Sub Divo-Dan Reusch, Jolly Rollo-Larry Owen,
Envy-Pat & Jane Brouillet, Eden-Kurt Vitense, Skyhighballoon-Mike Fahrendorf, Sunkissed-Randy Conklen, Drifting Dolphins-Kevin Heinzmann, Dream On-Preston Gebhart

If you are interested in crewing, being a volunteer or sponsorship opportunities for the weekend,
contact Kevin Bernson at 217-774-3986

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held in conjunction with Scarecrow Daze
Scarecrow Daze: Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce