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Lincoln, Illinois Balloons Over 66 Weekend 2023
August 25 @ 4:00 pm - August 27 @ 3:00 pm
Lincoln has had a long history with Hot Air Ballooning beginning with the Art and Balloon Festival that began in 1988. Later the Balloon Festival was separated from the Art Festival and continued on until 2017. In 2019, Balloons Over 66 began. As with the Art and Balloon Festival, balloon pilots travel from around the country to participate in Balloons Over 66. 30 beautiful hot air balloons will grace the Lincoln/Logan County skies once again! There will also be many other festivities taking place in historic Lincoln, Illinois/Logan County this same weekend.
Hot air balloons are launched in various locations on Friday and Saturday throughout Lincoln. Residents and visitors come to watch the set up and launch. For some residents, the balloons are launched in their backyards! Saturday evening usually concludes with a Balloon Glow. This is where the pilots and crews set up the balloons, keep them tethered, and light them up in the night sky. All are welcome to watch the show.
Balloons Over 66 – August 25th-27th, 2023
There are around or over 30 Balloons each year. The pilots meet soon before the launches to determine whether they will set up and launch, set up and stay tethered to the ground, or not launch at all. Depending on weather conditions, the flights are slated for:
Friday evening (6/6:15 PM)
Saturday morning (6:15/6:30 AM)
Saturday evening (6/6:15 PM)
The glow is scheduled for Saturday evening at 8 PM at each launch site. The glow is where the pilots set up the balloons, stay tethered to the ground and glow at night.