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Eyes to the Skies festival a big draw for Lisle, again

Published: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 10:16 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 10:17 a.m. CST
Erica Benson-ebenson@shawmedia.com Michelle Rose carries her food during the Eyes to the Skies festival.

LISLE – Organizers credited great weather and a "knock-out" lineup for high attendance at the 31st annual Lisle Eyes to the Skies festival, held Wednesday through Sunday at Community Park.

More than 50,000 people were estimated to have attended the festival, which included the traditional hot air balloon rides, musical performances, a carnival, fireworks, and plenty of food and spirits.

Roger Leone, logistics chairman with the group that organizes the annual festival – the Lisle Eyes to the Skies Festival Committee, said funds raised from the festival are likely to exceed $50,000, though a total won't be known until next week.

The Eyes to the Skies festival is a not-for-profit event that benefits a host of local organizations, including Rotary of Lisle, Lisle Kiwanis, Partners for Parks, Lions Club and the Lisle Education Foundation.

The event was staffed by more than 200 volunteers as well, Leone said.

Organizers are already "chomping at the bit" to plan for next year's 32nd annual event.

"We've been making plans for next year's festival since (Sunday) night," he said with a chuckle. "It's such a great festival and a huge success. We can't wait to plan next year's event."

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