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Balloon Flights / Balloon Glow Schedule

 August 26th & 27th 2022!

There are 36 Balloons coming to town this 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)


The flights are slated for:
  • Friday Evening (Approx. 6:00/6:15 PM)
  • Saturday Morning (Approx. 6:15/6:30 AM)
  • Saturday Evening (Approx. 6:00/6:15 PM)
  • Balloon Glow - Saturday Evening at 8:00 PM at the (4) Launch Sites Listed Below-

The glow is where the pilots set up the balloons, stay tethered to the ground and glow at night.

Would you like to help crew a balloon during Balloons Over 66 Weekend? We would love to have you! If you are interested, please come to the Comfort Inn in Lincoln, IL at 5:00 PM Friday, August 26th. Wear comfortable clothing. NO open-toed shoes, dresses, or skirts. Hope to see you there!


Launch Sites


  1. Mayfair Park (Mayfair subdivision is located off of N. Kickapoo St. across from Graue Chevrolet) 
  2. Dugan Center -- 1500 N. McLean St., Lincoln 
  3. 315 8th St., Lincoln--City owned lot 
  4. 455 Campus View Dr., Lincoln
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Purchasing Flights


There will be no tethered balloon rides this year; however, rides can be purchased at $300.00/person. If interested, please contact a pilot directly ASAP to book your flight! I can assure you -- this will be an experience that you will NOT soon forget!


  • Dan Reusch -- 309-573-4641
  • Greg Saul -- 309-337-7927





Full Weekend Itinerary


Thursday, 25th - Itinerary 

  • Ribbon Cutting at The Lincoln Arts Institute - A dedication to Moses Pinkerton - 5:30 PM


Friday, 26th - Itinerary


MAIN STAGEDowntown - Stage will be set up on the corner of Pulaski St and Kickapoo St (facing North toward Broadway St.)

  • LIVE MUSIC from BIG SUNS from 7:00-11:00 PM
**Alcohol vending will be done from Spirited Republic, Alley-Bi Saloon, The Rusty Rail Pub*


Saturday, 27th - Itinerary

**Alcohol vending will be done from Spirited Republic, Alley-Bi Saloon, The Rusty Rail Pub**


Sunday, 28th - Itinerary


Food: Friday and Saturday


Local Eateries in Downtown Lincoln:

Mama’s Arcade – Saturday 6:30AM - 1:00PM

Alley-Bi Saloon – Lunch 11:00-2:00PM Bar Open 11:00AM - 2:00AM

Guest House Coffee and Pastries – Friday 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Guzzardo’s – Friday 4:30 – 9:00 p.m. Saturday 4:30 – 10:00 p.m.

Sorrento’s – Open 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Rio Grande – Open 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Joe’s Pizzeria – Open 4:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Blue Dog Inn –  Friday 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Idle Hour – Open 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Flossie’s – Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Deep Roots – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Closed Saturday

Sir Renna Tea – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Food Trucks: Opening Friday Afternoon!

Cheesed Out

Pat’s Famous Walleye

Nuthatch Hill BBQ Company

Cullers’ Fries

The Traveling Top Hat & Treats

Pauly's BBQ

Compassionate Crumbs

Gramma Nana's Kitchen

Lemonade by Megan Kenny


Lincoln Art Fair

Location: Downtown Lincoln - Lincoln Arts Institute

112 S. McLean Street., Lincoln, IL 62656

Friday, 26th 5:00PM - 8:00PM

Saturday, 27th 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Come check out the renovated Moses Pinkerton gallery on the 3rd floor, housing a LAI member show and a curated exhibition by Lease Agreement, Inhabiting Rivers, Unfinishing Circles in the main gallery. There will also be a First Student Bus outside to paint! So stop by and let your creativity and imagination run wild! 


Oasis Craft & Vendor Show

Location: Oasis Senior Center

2810 Woodlawn Road. Lincoln, IL 62656

Saturday, 27th 10:00AM - 4:00PM

The Oasis will host a Craft and Vendor show during the Balloons Over 66 weekend here in Lincoln. There will be Brat/Hog dog and Corn on the Cob sold. They will be packed with vendors!

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For questions, please contact the Logan County Tourism Bureau at (217) 732-8687

or stop in at 101 N. Chicago Street., Lincoln, IL 62656



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