Touchstone Energy Balloon Fest
October 6-8, 2017
Details are tentative and will be updated as needed,
please check back frequently!
Event Schedule
October 6, 2017
SUNRISE 6:53 am, SUNSET 6:23 pm
5:00 pm Event Kickoff-Fun Flight TBD Balloons will inflate and launch from this area. (Music by All Kindz of Soundz). There will be tethered rides for $10 a person. Balloon can carry 5 people at a time.
5:00 - 7:00 pm Hot Air Balloon (Hands-on) Science Fair. Dam East Recreation Area. Learn the science behind hot air balloons & particiapte in our hands-on science experiment. Open to all ages, Children 12 & under must be accompanied by an adult
7:00 - 11:00 pm Forest Tucker band will be performing at Dam East Recreation Area
8:00 pm Pilots/Sponsor Dinner at COE Visitor Center. Pilots, sponsors, and media only
October 7, 2017
SUNRISE 6:54 am, SUNSET 6:21 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 - 10:00 am Community Breakfast Fundraiser by Festival of Lights and Chautauqua Preservation Committees.
8 - 11:30 am Young Eagles Flights at Shelby County Airport. 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.
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) Inflatables/bounce houses for kids $??? per wristband. Tethered Balloon Rides $10 per person to benefit local charities.
October 8, 2017
SUNRISE 6:55 am, SUNSET 6:19 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, Shelby County Tourism, Bruce Cannon Real Estate Appraisals

Meal Sponsors
Team Wireless, American Legion Post 81-Shelbyville

Key Event Sponsors
Shelby County Airport, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Lake Shelbyville, Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, Family Drug

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, Shelby County Sheriff's Office

Other Sponsors
Shelby Energy Company, Simply Yours Boutique, Shelbyville McDonalds, Iced, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water Safety, Meadowview Golf Course, Legends Draft House,
Oak Terrace Resort and Spa, Darla's Delights and Rental Service, Vahlings Vineyards and Winery,
Niemerg's Winery, Druby's Restaurant, 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

Balloons/Pilots Coming
Done Deal-Seth Goodman, BUB-Rick Poe, Touchstone Energy-Joe Ritchie,
Knot Over-Al & Evie Reusch, Double Image-Laurie Acuff, Skyhighballoon-Mike Fahrendorf, 4EVER39-Betsy Kleiss, Stellar-Jim Neill, Traveller-Kim Neill, Sub Divo-Dan Reusch, Jolly Rollo-Larry Owen,
Good Greef-Jim Phelan, Ridem1-Matthew McClinton

If you are interested in crewing or sponsoring a balloon 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