Balloon Festival. Picture courtesy of Great Galena Balloon Festival
Don’t quite know how to show your dad some love this weekend? Perhaps the Great Galena Balloon Race in northern Illinois can be your destination! With a plethora of different events taking place over three days, there is sure to be something to make Dad smile.
On Friday, the Balloon Launch, Alefest and Night Glow are the highlights of the day. The Balloon Launch, starting at 6 pm, provides the curious or the adventurous with the opportunity for a balloon ride. The Alefest features over 100 beer styles. Cost of admission is $20 for this event, which includes craft beer samplings, a tasting glass and guide, and live entertainment. The event is from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, and participants must be 21 years of age or older. The Night Glow begins around 8:45 pm, when all of the balloons light up the night sky.
Saturday’s festivities include a Collectors Car Show featuring over 40 collector cars from Antique Town Roads of Galena, High Point Cruisers of Scales Mound, Mainstreet Cruisers of DBQ, and Southwest Wisconsin Auto Club. There is plenty of entertainment for children as well, including tethered balloon rides, face painting, and bounce houses. The big event, the Great Galena Balloon Race, will take place at 6:00 pm. A must-see!
Sunday provides the last chance to see all of the balloons in the air until next year’s festival. This “Crack of Dawn” balloon race will give your family a good head start on a family brunch or lunch in the area.
With races, tethered rides, a car show, live music and an Alefest on Friday night, it’s hard to imagine not having a good time! Not only does the weekend-long event provide many activities for the whole family, but the proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
The events will be taking place on the North Course Practice Range at Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa. To reach the parking area, follow Highway 20 to Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa. Take Eagle Ridge Drive to Thunder Bay Road. Take a left at Thunder Bay Road to reach the parking area. Shuttles will be available to take you directly to the site from there.
For more information, visit the event’s website here.