A fitting ‘Toast’


Fourth-annual event attracts nearly 5,000 visitors

By Megan Neary - mneary@aimmediamidwest.com



The fourth-annual Fayette County Toast to Summer & Hot Air Balloon Glow was held on Saturday with a large crowd joining for the day-long event. Isaac Butler jumped into a hot air balloon basket for a quick photo while the members of the Central Ohio Balloon Club show him the flight equipment.

The fourth-annual Fayette County Toast to Summer & Hot Air Balloon Glow was held on Saturday with a large crowd joining for the day-long event. Isaac Butler jumped into a hot air balloon basket for a quick photo while the members of the Central Ohio Balloon Club show him the flight equipment.


The fourth-annual Toast to Summer attracted about 5,000 total visitors from across Fayette County, from neighboring counties, and from multiple states, according to Jolinda Van Dyke, executive director of the Fayette County Travel & Tourism Bureau.

Julie Bolender, president of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, said, “We were extremely pleased with the turnout,” and added, “We had what we feel is probably our biggest crowd to date.”

The event, which was held at the Fayette County Airport, featured a myriad of activities for visitors of all ages. Some popular attractions included the beer garden and wine tastings, live music, a hot air balloon glow, and fireworks.

Van Dyke said the Toast was a “group effort” that involved the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, the Fayette County Pilots and Friends Association, the Fayette County Travel and Tourism Bureau, and many other local groups, businesses and individuals.

Van Dyke said her favorite part of the event “was seeing all the smiles on everyone’s faces.” She said she also loved seeing so many members of the community socializing and “standing around and mingling.”

Bolender said, “We thank everyone for coming out.”

There will be another Toast to Summer next year and Bolender said, “We’re going to start planning for 2019 today.” She said she hopes everyone will “mark their calendars for next year.”

The fourth-annual Fayette County Toast to Summer & Hot Air Balloon Glow was held on Saturday with a large crowd joining for the day-long event. Isaac Butler jumped into a hot air balloon basket for a quick photo while the members of the Central Ohio Balloon Club show him the flight equipment.
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2018/06/web1_20180623_175102-1.jpgThe fourth-annual Fayette County Toast to Summer & Hot Air Balloon Glow was held on Saturday with a large crowd joining for the day-long event. Isaac Butler jumped into a hot air balloon basket for a quick photo while the members of the Central Ohio Balloon Club show him the flight equipment.
Fourth-annual event attracts nearly 5,000 visitors

By Megan Neary

mneary@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Megan Neary at 614-440-9124

Reach Megan Neary at 614-440-9124