Jim Ristow, CEO of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, says highlights of the 14th annual fest include barbeque, live music, craft vendors, helicopter rides and tonight, there’s a hot air balloon glow.
“We’ll have five balloon teams light up,” Ristow says. “They stay grounded but they do a show on the ground where they light up and there’s fun stuff that goes with it. When they’re done, they let the crowds come up and talk to the pilots about how the balloon works. It’s a good interactive.”
The two-day festival at Bellevue’s Haworth Park will include a huge car show.
“They’ve got over 400 cars and each day, more are coming in,” Ristow says. “There are teams coming to this competition from as far away as Florida and Texas. There are multiple classes, high-end cars, motorcycles, trucks and they’ll have a big monster truck down there.”
Another big draw for the festival is the fireworks show, planned for Saturday night.
“You could see traffic up to 30- or 40,000 people which is just unbelieveable over the two-day period,” Ristow says. “It’s probably the biggest event in Sarpy County, outside of when the air show is here.”
The festival is also hosting the Nebraska State Barbeque Competition, more than 40 craft vendors and a large kids’ zone with inflatables. For details, visit www.bellevuenebraska.com.