[Mike Greene for Shaw Media]
A rainy, windy Saturday night forced organizers behind the second annual Harvard Balloon Fest to cancel its nighttime hot air balloon launch, a marquee event for the three-day festival that was expected to draw up to 60,000 people.
The festival, which runs through Sunday, offered three days' worth of activities, including both tethered and untethered balloon rides, two stages with live music, crafts, inflatables games and activities, carnival rides, games, helicopter rides, zip lining and movies in the park.
The $20 tethered hot air balloon rides – which were supposed to offer wheelchair-accessible rides Saturday and Sunday nights – also were canceled because of the weather.
“It’s a long way to come for this to happen,” said Nicky Kloepfer, 42, who drove from Vernon Hills with her husband and two 12-year-old children for the event. “We all wanted to see the balloons.”