The 31st annual “Eyes To The Skies” festival kicked off with a cloudy day, but that didn’t stop the crews from showing off their balloons.
This nationally recognized event is a display of hot air balloons that allows every day people to witness the world’s oldest form of flight.
The festival was in jeopardy after a decade of success when sponsors could no longer afford to host the event on their own, but in 1992 the citizens of Lisle stepped in to volunteer their time and skills to save the festival. Now, more than 300 volunteers work the event that attracts about 150,000 people each year.
Pilots from all over the country volunteer to bring their balloons to Lisle. People who go to the festival are allowed on the balloon field to get a close up look and meet the pilots. Balloon rides are also offered if the weather permits.
“Eyes To The Skies” runs through July seventh.
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