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 6:57 am, SUNSET 6:29 pm
5:00 pm Event Kickoff-Fun Flight. Dam West Recreational Area. Balloons will inflate and launch from this area. (Music by All Kindz of Soundz)
8:00 pm Pilots/Sponsor Dinner at COE Visitor Center. Pilots, sponsors, and media only
October 7, 2017
SUNRISE 6:58 am, SUNSET 6:27 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 $2 per wristband. Tethered Balloon Rids $10 per person to benefit local charities.
October 8, 2017
SUNRISE 6:59 am, SUNSET 6:26 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

Balloon Sponsors
Monical's Pizza-Shelbyville, Shelby County State Bank, State Farm-Jeremy Jokisch,
Edward Jones-Tad Mayhall, Willow Ridge Winery, IHI Turbo America,
Dental offices of Dr. Brown and Dr. Pastrovich, Prairie Power inc., The Iron Keg,
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lake Shelbyville-Water Safety, Touchstone Energy Cooperatives of Illinois,
United States Air Force Effingham Recruitment office.

Meal Sponsors
Willow Ridge Winery, Wireless Mike's Verizon

Key Event Sponsors
Oak Terrace Resort and Spa, Willow Ridge Vineyard and Winery, Shelby County Airport, City of Shelbyville, Wireless Mike's Verizon, Shelby County Democrats

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, Canvas Art at Simply Yours, 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, Lithia Springs Marina, County Market, WalMart, Casey's-Shelbyville,

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, Envy-Pat Broullet, Stellar-Jim Neill, Traveller-Kim Neill, Sub Divo-Dan Reusch, Jolly Rollo-Larry Owen,
The Buhlune-Christopher Frank

If you are interested in crewing or sponsoring a balloon for the weekend,
contact Kevin Bernson at 217-774-3986

Click here to learn more about Hot Air Balloons

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