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)
  • 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.

Past dates

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  • Starting Friday, October 6th, 2017, repeated every day until Sunday, October 08, 2017 — all day


Lake Shelbyville Dam

West Access Area
Shelbyville, IL


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