Hot summer days prompted the organizers of Nebraska’s largest summer festival, Junkstock to make some changes. Spokesperson Danelle Schlegelmilch says this edition is Junkstock Under the Stars. The festival opens today at 5 and runs until 11. On Saturday their hours are from 3 until 11 and on Sunday from 8 until 3. Because of the late night hours they were able to dream up some fun you can only do at night.
Schlegelmilch says, “To have a new spin on the start of summer, we are going to bring on nine hot air balloons from all over the Midwest. They are not that easy to get your hands on and we have four special shaped balloons, like a giant monkey, a bumblebee and a gum ball machine. We are also going to have a 1950’s authentic restored Ferris wheel that is coming to Omaha just for Junkstock.”
Hot air balloons will launch to take people on an hour long ride on Friday and Saturday. There is also a hot air balloon glow. Visitors can also take a ride on that vintage Ferris wheel. Also new this summer is a muralist from St. Louis who will paint a giant Willie Nelson mural on their Whiskey River Barn. This is to honor the musician’s visit to Junkstock last fall.
There will also be a summer market with more than 100 vendors, live music, food trucks, beer garden and a vintage Volkswagen show.
Junkstock is located at Sycamore Farms at 1150 River Road Drive in Waterloo.