Galena Balloon Race Is June 20-22


Thousands Flock to Great Galena Balloon Race June 20-22, 2014
Fun-Filled Annual Event Raises Funds for JDRF & Camp Herkto Hollow,
Includes Family Activities All Weekend Long

GALENA, Ill. (May 27, 2014) – The staff at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa ( has started to plan for one of the most popular summer events in Galena: the 13th Annual Great Galena Balloon Race.  Weekend events take place from Fri. June 20 through Sun. June 22, 2014 and benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and Camp Herkto Hollow.

“This event draws thousands of people to Galena year after year,” said Thomas Ruhs, general manager at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa. “Visitors will experience a spectacular three-day adventure with multiple balloon races, two night glows, balloon rides, a helium balloon release, a classic car show, live music, wine and beer sampling events, and activities for the whole family.”

Eagle Ridge is the host sponsor for the balloon race, and all activities take place on the North Course Practice Range at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa. Typically weekend events surrounding the Great Galena Balloon Race raise nearly $15,000 for JDRF and Camp Hertko Hollow, which uses the money to fund research to find a cure for Juvenile Diabetes, a disease directly that affects over 12,500 people in the tri-state area.

Event Schedule

FRI. JUNE 20, 2014

6:00 p.m. Balloon Launch: Kickoff event

6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Family Activities

Face painting, inflatable bounce houses and obstacle course, balloons and more

Tethered balloon rides

Food & beverage concessions

Live music

Camp Hertko Helium Balloon Launch: participants launch and track their own helium balloons while raising money for JDRF’s Camp Hertko

6:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Ale Fest

For guests 21 and over, Ale Fest features over 100 fine craft beers. Admission is $25.00 and includes beer samples, a tasting glass and guide, and live entertainment. Tickets are available at Family Beer & Liquor and Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa.

8:45 p.m. Night Glow Extravaganza: Watch as the balloons light up the evening skyv

SAT. JUNE 21, 2014

6:00 a.m.  “Crack of Dawn” Balloon Race. All balloons will participate and rides are available.

5:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m. Family Activities

Collectors Car Show: Members of local car clubs lovingly display more than 40 collector cars. Clubs include Antique Town Rods of Galena, High Point Cruisers of Scales Mound, Mainstreet Cruisers of DBQ and the Southwest Wisconsin Auto Club.

Tethered balloon ridesv
Food & beverage concessionsv
Live music

Camp Hertko Helium Balloon Launch: participants launch and track their own helium balloons while raising money for JDRF’s Camp Hertko

5:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Wine Flights

For guests 21 and over, Wine Flights features nearly 100 wines. Admission is $25.00 and includes a tasting glass, a wine guide, and samples of all wines. Tickets are available at Family Beer & Liquor and Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa.

6:00 p.m. The official Great Galena Balloon Race begins

8:45 p.m. Night Glow Extravaganza: Watch as the balloons light up the evening sky

SUN. JUNE 22, 2014

6:00 a.m.  “Crack of Dawn” Balloon Race.  Last chance to see all the balloons until 2015. Rides are available.

Lodging and Packages

More details about packages and weekend events are available online at, or by calling (800) 892-2269 with questions or to make reservations.

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About Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is located 150 miles west of Chicago in the heart of The Galena Territory, a 6,800 acre recreational, residential and resort community nestled amid the rolling hills of northwestern Galena, Ill. The resort grounds include 63 holes on four award-winning golf courses, and accommodations that range from quaint Inn rooms to more than 250 villas and distinctive homes. Eagle Ridge has 15,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting space and beautiful conference homes which regularly accommodate corporate groups, banquets and weddings. Other features include award-winning restaurants, the tranquil Stonedrift Spa, and an incredible selection of outdoor activities including miles of biking, hiking and horseback riding trails, as well as tennis, hot air balloon rides, boating and fishing on the picturesque 225-acre Lake Galena. For reservations or additional information, call (800) 892-2269 or visit

About JDRF,

JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence and a working plan to bring life-changing therapies from the lab to the community. As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is currently sponsoring $530 million in charitable research in 17 countries.

About Camp Hertko Hollow,

Camp Hertko Hollow is dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth who have diabetes. The goals at camp are: Recreation, Education, Regulation and FUN! Campers enjoy traditional camp activities while learning about living with diabetes. Meeting other youth and counselors who have diabetes is also a great benefit from the experience.

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa

444 Eagle Ridge Drive

Galena, IL 61036

Toll Free: 800.892.2269 Local: 815.777.5000 Fax: 815.777.4502

Media Contacts

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