The Shawnee horizon becomes aglow with color at the FireLake Fireflight Balloon Festival Aug. 10-11 at Raymond Peltier Park, organized by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. The celebration offers dozens of hot air balloon launches, balloon glows and family-friendly entertainment, including food and drink vendors, a 5K run and carnival rides. Other activities include a kite show, live music, and a hunting, fishing and camping expo at FireLake Arena. 

“This is the second year for this event, and we’ve taken a lot of what we learned from the first year to improve the festival and add to it,” says Jennifer Bell, director of public information for the tribe. “Admission and parking are free, so, while there will be some activities that cost money, a family could come out and enjoy themselves for very little money.”

Tethered balloon rides are limited with required reservations, starting each night at 6 p.m. for $250. For more information or to book a flight, visit

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