Eyes to the Skies Balloon Festival Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Navistar presents Lisle Eyes to the Skies Festival!!

Navistar presents the 30th Annual Eyes to the Skies Balloon Festival which will feature great music, hot air balloons, food and fun for only $5 admission! More than 150,000 people are expected to attend the balloon festival from June 29-July 1, 2012 in Lisle Community Park, Rt. 53 and Short Street. 
Step right up to a HUGE carnival brought to you by Wilson Family Show… The carnival opens Wednesday, June 27th, 5 – 11 pm.  A Mega Pass ($45.00 per pass in advance, $50.00 each at gate) is good for rides all 5 days of carnival June 27th thru July 1st. Mega Passes can be purchased from both Lisle Savings Bank locations, Arbor Printing & Graphics and Lisle Park District.

Wednesday June 27th and Thursday June 28th will be wristband days, unlimited rides for $20.00 (available at the carnival for purchase), 5-11 pm.

Great Music
The Eyes to the Skies Festival is known for its nationally known musical entertainers and this year is no exception. Headlining the Main Stage on Friday, June 29, are blues and soul singers Pat Smillie Band and Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels. On Saturday, June 30, a rock-pop band from Chicago - The Fold opens for Daryl Stuermer of the super-group Genesis. On Sunday, July 1, the classic rock band Aarra opening for Think Floyd USA– considered by many to be the ultimate Pink Floyd tribute.
 Top local bands perform on the Cabaret Stage featuring Sixteen Candles, Seventh Heaven and Wedding Banned will help celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Eyes to the Skies.

Hot Air Balloons
More than 15 are expected to sail over Lisle and the surrounding suburbs at 6 am and 6 pm each day. Nightly Balloon Glows will show off the balloons’ colors each night at 8:30 pm.
An annual tradition will continue with the appearance of Serena’s Song, the world’s only handicapped accessible balloon.  Handicapped children will be offered free tethered rides on Serena’s Song through the area’s SEASPAR programs. . 

Craft Fair, Food and Fireworks
The popular craft fair featuring all types of handcrafted items will return along both sides of Short Street and of course there is a food court featuring a wide variety of food from more than a dozen vendors. Capping off the festival will be three nights of fireworks launched north of the hot air balloon field starting approximately 9:45 pm. The finale, July 1 will be spectacular and choreographed to music.

Children’s Area
Look for the special children’s where you will find lots of FUN activities for kids such as games, art projects, dance and martial arts demonstrations, lumberjack shows and more.

The Lisle Eyes to the Skies Balloon Festival is not only a great family event offering fireworks, free entertainment, carnival, food and those beautiful hot air balloons it’s also a not-for-profit, 501c3 organization that benefits charities through the Festivals affiliate members.

Complete details on the festival as well as sponsorship opportunities are available by visiting the festival website at www.eyestotheskies.org  or by calling the festival hotline at 630-541-6095.

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Jane October 17, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Navistar no longer sponsoring... they no longer need to by community support and votes. As expected.
George P October 17, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Navistar never sponsored one thing in Warrenville the entire 10 yrs they were there. No surprise at all that the sponsorship of Eyes ended. I would bet you won't see Nav as a grand sponsor of Ribfest next year either.


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