Balloon Fest will draw thousands to Centralia this weekend | Music

CENTRALIA, ILLINOIS (WSIL) – Thousands of people will descend on Foundation Park this weekend for Balloon Fest. It is a favorite for locals and city dwellers.

The three-day event draws a crowd of 15,000 people each evening and this year 39 hot air balloons will take part.

Some of these pilots are Jim and Teresa Phelan from Lincoln, Illinois. The husband and wife duo have been attending the festival for about 25 years.

“Yoyou get to where you know people,” he explains. “You know the places where you fly. You know the landing people. They tell you, you can come and land on their properties. It’s just always a good time.”

While the highlight for visitors is seeing these hot air balloons up close or even taking a captive ride, for pilots it’s meeting those who are curious about their big, colorful plane.

Pilots love people,” he adds. “That’s really what we like. Most pilots here will be human pilots. »

friday august 19

Main event 4:30-8:30 p.m.

  • Food and Craft Fair: More than 100 sellers
  • Hot air balloon events: Evening Hot Air Balloon Ride, Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides, Luminous Balloon Finale
  • Two entertainment stages: Snowbird Street Band (Folk), The Presswoods (Pop Hits), Paul Bonn Blues Band

Saturday August 20

Main event 4:30-8:30 p.m.

  • Food and craft fair: more than 100 vendors
  • Hot air balloon events: evening hot air balloon flight, tethered hot air balloon rides, hot air balloon finale
  • Two entertainment scenes: Roaming Home (Rock), Tim Loss Comedy, Pardon My French (Folk), Magic Robbie (Magician), Cody Phillips Band (Country), Kev O’s Karaoke, Cat Daddy ‘O (Rock), Jamie Nattier ( Country)

Sunday August 21

Main event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Food and craft fair: more than 100 vendors
  • Family activities: crafts for children, sports and games, puzzles, scavenger hunt with selfie, inflatable jumps, costumed characters, rides on the Toot train, Da Bubbler from southern Illinois (Bubbles)
  • Park Events: Church Service, Auto & Motorcycle Show (cruise from CHS), Cardboard Boat Races, Photo Ops
  • Entertainment: USAF Starlifter Rock Band

Parking is $5 (cash only) and admission is $5 (cash only) for a wristband which is good all weekend. Children under 6 are free.

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