From the mid-1990s through the mid-2000s, a balloon festival called the Spring City Skyfest was held each year during the Waukesha County Fair. Balloons would park near the main stage for a "balloon glow" in the evenings, and would often take flight from the fairgrounds in the early morning hours.
So what happened to this tradition? Sadly, the balloon festival lost its primary sponsor, which helped pay for awards, fuel for the balloons, and other costs, so organizers were unable to continue the event, according to the fair's executive director Shari Black.
Spring City Skyfest started in 1995 with 23 balloons, and continued through 2007 or 2008. The number of balloons participating in the event fluctuated through the years, but the sight of the balloons, especially during the evening balloon glows, was always an impressive thing to see.
"When the main stage was playing, you had the balloons as your backdrop," Black said.
Black said that if another sponsor stepped forward, the fair would love to once again host the balloon festival. "We really do miss that event," she said.
The event was organized and promoted each year by Ken Walter, owner of Waukesha-based WindDancer Balloon Promotions.
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