Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Windfall: College to Host 15th Annual Balloon Festival

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Windfall: College to Host 15th Annual Balloon Festival

Article excerpt

Sometimes good things do come out of the blue.

Trustees of St. Charles County Community College have agreed to play host to and co-sponsor the 15th Annual Wehrenberg Theatres Balloon Festival this summer. The college will offer in-kind services but pay no money.

In return, the theater chain will promote the college's role, offer some use of Wehrenberg balloons and draw people to campus.

Festival sponsors approached college officials about allowing the event on college grounds. Trustees met Tuesday and accepted the offer.

The festival has previously been held at the Jefferson Barracks Park in south St. Louis County. But because of some concerns about the grounds and because the wind at that time of the year blows balloons into Lambert Field's traffic area, sponsors sought a different location.

While cruising the St. Louis area by helicopter, they spotted the college site. Sponsors called President Donald D. Shook to test the college's interest.

"We see it as an opportunity to bring area residents to campus who might not come out here otherwise," Shook said. …

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