The city comes alive for the festival weekend

Photo by Angela Bauer

Balloons light up the night sky in September 2020 in Macomb when the balloons glow at the wheel of the Macomb Balloon Rally. The event, which was curtailed in 2020 due to pandemic restrictions, will continue as usual this weekend.


The Macomb Art, Wind and Fire Festival returns this weekend after a three-year hiatus, with its traditional Gazebo art festival and hot air balloon rally joined by the new open disc golf tournament. YFC.

To fill the weekend’s “Art” section, the Gazebo Art Festival will take place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Chandler Park, with an art sale with jury showcasing regional artists exhibiting paintings, sculptures, photographs, ceramics, jewelry and textile arts, among other mediums.

Replacing Kite Fest as the “Wind” entry of the year, the disc golf tournament kicks off Saturday at 9 am at the Everwood Disc Course. The tournament is an official Professional Disc Golf Association Level B event with two 18-game rounds and over $ 750 in cash and prizes in the Open Division. For more information or to register, visit

On the festival’s “Fire” front, the annual balloon rally kicks off Friday at 6 pm at Vince Grady Field at Western Illinois University. Food, drinks and live music will be available as more than 20 giant hot air balloons take to the skies.

The balloon rally continues on Saturday, with the Macomb sky filling with balloons starting early in the morning and continuing throughout the day. Food trucks and live music from Jera and the Absoluts will kick off at 6:00 p.m. at Grady Field. As the sun sets, balloon pilots will light their balloons for the traditional balloon glow.

Macomb’s first Tractor Town mosaic will also be on display from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Mummert Pocket Park, next to the Bold Brew Coffee House.

– Angela Bauer

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