Community Events

Local communites are organizing these events, not Balloons Over Vermilion.  Information on specific times and locations for community events will be released as it becomes available to Balloons Over Vermilion organizers from the local communities.

June 18th - Bismarck

The Men’s Club and Bismarck Fire Department are sponsoring the balloon event and fireworks at Bismarck-Henning High School.

The hot air balloon, CaZooee, will be there!  Starting around 6:30pm, the basket will be set up for people to take an up-close look.  Weather permitting, they plan to inflate the balloon around 7:30pm or so and keep it standing until just before fireworks.

Fireworks at Dusk or later at Bismarck-Henning High School

June 18th - Sidell
The Village of Sidell’s Hot Air Balloon Event

Saturday, June 18th

6-10 AM – Pancake & Sausage Breakfast hosted by The Sidell Fire Department

7 AM – Town Rummage Sale

12 Noon – Kiddie Tractor Pull

3 PM – Parade along Gray Street

5 PM – Cake Walk

5-7 PM – Brick Street Chicken BBQ hosted by the Sidell Lions Club

6-9 PM – Karaoke at Sonny’s Cafe & Pizzeria

6-9 PM – Beer Tent and Bank  (behind Sidell Fire Department)

6PM – Dusk – Balloon Event

Balloon Times (All times are approximate and depending on weather)

  • 6 PM – Balloon arrives & is inflated
  • 7-8:30 PM – Photos with balloon
  • 9 PM – Balloon Glow

Made possible by these sponsors:

  • Adam Young’s Performance Repair
  • American Legion and Auxiliary Post #530
  • CB Construction
  • Chris Maring Electric
  • Lizard Pro Painters
  • McDowell Construction
  • Sidell Grocery
  • Sidell Agri Service
  • Sonny’s Cafe & Pizzeria
  • Spicer’s Insurance
  • Prospect Bank
  • Sidell Reporter
June 25th - Potomac ~ Summer Celebration

Organizers have planned a town rummage sale, a Lion’s Club Cake Walk and a street dance in the ball park.  Funds raised will go to the food pantry.

8 AM-1 PM – Town Rummage Sale
11 AM – Midnight – Sons of the American Legion BBQ
6 PM – Hot Air Balloon
6:30 PM – Cake Walk
8:30 PM – Street Dance
Sponsors:  Gibson Area Hospital
Casey’s General Store
Gifford State Bank

1st Annual Bags Tournament  (Sons of The American Legion) – food, beer and bags
3pm – Food & Beer
5pm – Registration
6pm – Bags start
Call Luke @ 217/497-1079

July 2nd - Georgetown

Activities in the park near the fairgrounds include a movie on the outdoor big screen, fireworks, food vendors and a bike helmet giveaway.

SPONSOR:  McDonald’s

July 4th - Rossville

The town’s holiday celebration will include various events in Chrisman Park.  Funds raised will go toward the local Little League.

Sponsors:  Zarate Seeds

Anthem Chevrolet Buick in Hoopeston

Norton Machine

Twisted Sisters

July 8th - Oakwood ~ Balloons, Barbeque, and Blues Over Oakwood

A family fun day is being planned to benefit the playground in Oakwood Park.

4-8PM at Oakwood Park

  • Hot Air Balloon
  • Food
  • Music by Oakwood’s own Dustin Ligget and Blues DJ Stax Jackson
  • Car Show
  • Kettle Corn
  • Much more!!!

Help raise money for a new playground, buy tickets to win a hot air balloon ride for two. ($5 each or 5 for $20)

Ronald McDonald will be in the park for selfie photos from 6-8PM

Parking will be at the tracks and transportation into the park will be provided

No pets or alcohol will be allowed in the park!

Sponsor:  McDonald’s

July 9th - Danville Stadium

The Danville Dans will host a fly-over, with the game’s first pitch to be thrown from the balloon basket.

Danville Dans vs. Quincy Gems

July 10th - Hoopeston

The Rotary Club will have bounce houses, ice cream and other activities in the McDonald’s Plaza (grass lot next to Hoopeston Express Lube)

Funds raised go toward the renovation of the Lorraine Theatre.


  • Come see a Pirate Balloon
  • Meet and Greet with Ronald McDonald
  • Have a picture taken in the balloon basket
  • Tickets for sale for a balloon ride for 2
  • Bounce House
  • Face Painting
  • Dunk Tank
  • Kids Games

Sponsor:  McDonald’s

July 14th - Danville Boat Club ~ Splash and Dash

The Danville Boat Club will host “Splash & Dash,” a public event, from 5 to 10 PM., featuring 10 balloons flying over Lake Vermilion in competition for a $1,000 prize.

Admission is $20 per person ($15 for club members) and includes draft beer.

Balloons will fly at dusk, stick around and meet the pilots afterwards.

50/50 drawing, must be present to win

A cash bar and food will also be available.

Tickets:  call 909-4930

All balloon activities are weather/wind dependent.  Regardless of activities planned at each site, the balloons will set up around 6 PM at each of these events, and will give visitors an up close look into the balloon.