Decatur, IL -- (ReleaseWire) -- 09/25/2012 -- The Shelbyville down town streets will once again come alive with festive flair and the skies around Shelbyville will be filled with vibrant fall colors with hot air balloons aloft as the 16th Annual Scarecrow Daze takes place on Columbus Day weekend October 5, 6 & 7.
“We are returning to our roots as we plan the festival with the theme "Back to the Future". The festival began 16 years ago in the downtown area. We are paying homage to that by once again holding the festival downtown,” said event organizer Dr. Katie Harley. “It is a great way to promote all of the downtown merchants and gives a sense of community pride," added Harley.
“We are happy to be part of the Scarecrow Daze weekend again this year for the third annual Touchstone Energy Hot Air Balloon Fest at Lake Shelbyville," said coordinator of the balloon event, Kevin Bernson. “Mother Nature willing, this should be a great Scarecrow Daze weekend you don't want to miss & we hope people come from all over to see just what Shelbyville has to offer,” added Bernson.
The events begin on Friday, October 5 out at Forest Park, which is the only night that Scarecrow Daze events will be held at the park. The day begins downtown with the quilt show at the Methodist church basement on Main Street. Then that evening, the Senior Center will host the fish fry and flu shots will be available as well. BINGA is once again at the Lion's building. Shelby Memorial is sponsoring a Poker Walk on the Dacey trail. The Balloon Fest media launch as well as the all-new event, pumpkin chucking, are both held at the soccer fields. And the Roxy is showing "Back to the Future" at 9 PM, sponsored by PWR-net Wireless Broadband Internet.
Saturday, October 6 starts bright and early at sunrise! The hot air balloons will perform their task flights as they try to hit targets on the soccer fields at Forest Park. The car show will be at Main Street School. The downtown shops will have sidewalk sales and the quilt show once again is at the Methodist church. Art, craft and food vendors stimulate all the senses as they sell their wares to the tune of a live bluegrass band.
The biggest parade in Shelbyville kicks off at 10 AM. The route is the same, just backwards, in keeping with the theme! Line up is at the park and will travel south down Morgan Street then east on First Street and dispersing from there.
The kiddie tractor pull will be on South Morgan Street. There will be tons of fun with kiddie games and "Make it and Take it" scarecrows in the courthouse parking lot and the mini park. The mini park will also have art vendors and a working apple press with samples to taste.
The Big Tent aka "Scarecrow Lounge" will be hopping all day! We have a hot dog eating contest, dog show, beer tasting and of course a beer tent, complete with some well known local artists who will be bringing us "Back to the Future." Put on your thinking caps for the ever popular Scavenger Hunt (FYI this best done before the beer tasting.)
All of the information on Scarecrow Daze can be found here:
If you missed it on Friday night and are looking for something to do after the colorful balloon glow at the spillway dam on Saturday evening, the Roxy is once again showing "Back to the Future" at 9, sponsored by PWR-net or hang out in the Scarecrow Lounge. All proceeds from the movie go towards the mandatory digital upgrade.
Sunday, October 7 the balloons take off for another task flight over the 9th street beach area. In addition, the US Army Corps of Engineers and Lake Volunteers Association are hosting "History in Stone" cemetery walk at Glenwood Cemetery.
Shelby Electric Cooperative and several other Illinois Touchstone Energy Cooperatives have teamed up to bring in the Touchstone Energy Hot Air balloon team to Lake Shelbyville. Come see hot air balloon pilots from Chicago, Iowa, Missouri and Central Illinois fly Lake Shelbyville with flights Friday night, Saturday & Sunday mornings and enjoy a nightglow Saturday evening (weather permitting). The Saturday nightglow will be held on the Spillway Dam off Route 16 in Shelbyville. There will be a cookout to benefit the Shelby County Rescue Squad.
A highlight to the evening besides seeing beautiful balloons light up the night you will be able to buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win the “Fight Like a Girl” Pink Motorcycle. Shelby Memorial Hospital Foundation and the Shelby County Soil and Water Conservation District are raffling off a unique, one-of-a-kind pink motorcycle custom built by Shelbyville resident Steve Koontz of Fighting Chance Customs. Drawing to be held on October 12th with location yet to be determined.
The Touchstone Energy Balloon Fest is being held in conjunction with the Shelbyville Scarecrow Daze providing plenty to see and do Columbus Day weekend.
Balloon schedule of events
Friday night, Oct. 5th at 5 p.m.,
Media Flight – balloons will launch from the soccer fields at Forest Park in Shelbyville. (Best place to view balloons, Forest Park.)
Saturday morning, Oct. 6th at sunrise, Sponsor/Task flight – balloons leave the park to fly over the soccer fields attempting to hit a target on the field. (Best place to view balloons, Forest Park.)
Saturday night, Balloon Glow (at dusk) and Cookout starting at 4 p.m., at the Spillway Dam off Route 16. The cookout will benefit the Shelby County Rescue Squad and is sponsored by Shelbyville Moose Lodge 1294 and the Shelby Sports Club.
Lake Area Volunteers will be selling soda, water and chips to raise money for their activities. Fleenor’s Wieners will be selling hot dogs and Walkers will be selling kettle corn and lemonade shake-ups. Thunder Hits DJ service will be providing great music from late afternoon until the end of the glow. Tethered balloon rides will also be available for a small fee.
Sunday morning, Oct.7th at sunrise, Sponsor/Task flight – balloons leave the park to fly over the 9th Street Beach attempting to hit a target on the beach. (Best place to view balloons, 9th Street Beach.)
Note: All scheduled balloon events and times are weather dependent and are at the pilot’s discretion (see box at left). The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would appreciate everyone following the No Parking signs that will be posted in designated areas.
Pilot’s Discretion – Ballooning is a very weather dependent sport and if winds are high or storms are in the area, pilots could determine they do not feel it is safe to fly. They may determine they will fly but cannot take passengers for safety reasons. Even if the sun is shining and it appears to be a great day, winds could play a factor on any ballooning activity (this is primarily a concern for safe landings).
More information on the Balloon Festival can be found here:
DowntownWorks, in conjunction with the Scarecrow Daze Committee is organizing an art and craft vendor fair at this year’s Scarecrow Daze festival in downtown Shelbyville on Saturday October 6, 2012 from 9AM until 4 PM. Art and craft vendors from throughout the area will be presenting works for sale while demonstrating their skills.
Art Mart at the Park will be located in and around the Sister City mini-park at Broadway and Main and will include live music, food vendors and a "Build a Scarecrow" area for kids and adults. Artists and crafters who are interested in participating as vendors can contact Kathy Mulvaney at the Shelbyville Connection, 105 East Main Street 217-774-4344. Vendor registration fee is $25.
Space is limited and the deadline to apply is October 1, 2012.
More information can be found here:
About Shelbyville Works
Shelbyville Works! is a group of volunteers committed to economic development in Shelbyville IL and Lake Shelbyville.