“The balloons need winds of 8-10 miles per hour or less in order to launch,” Cultice said.
For that reason, the balloon launch and “glow” are dependent upon the weather. If the balloons are unable to launch they will remain on site for a “candlestick glow” and all other events will continue as planned.
The festival is sponsored by the Grimes Field Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the rich history of the Grimes Field Municipal Airport, and educating the public about aviation. Additional community sponsors include Bundy Baking Solutions, Urbana Daily Citizen, 106.9 The Bull, 1st Choice Energy Services, Marcos Pizza, Paradiso Restaurant, The Wing Bar, Mary Rutan Hospital, Vancrest of Urbana, Johnson Welded Products, Champaign Dental, KTH Parts Industries, Inc., IH Credit Union, Sellman Insurance Group, Walter & Lewis Funeral Home and Farmers & Merchants Bank.