Aug. 26 – Saturday
• 4 p.m. – Old Fashioned “ base ball” game at Central Park, Grayslake. (Precursor to annual balloon festival.) Civil War-era baseball game pits the The McHenry County “Independants” (an actual team of that era) against the Grayslake Athletics in a rematch from earlier this year at home. To get there take Route 120 east to South Lake Avenue. Turn left and then take another left into Grayslake Central High School to park. Walk across the street to Central Park to find the ball field.
Followed by the 5th Annual Grayslake Color Aloft Balloon Festival. This free event features hot air balloons being inflated and compete in a "Fox and Hounds" contest in which competing balloons seek to land closest to the 'Fox.' Balloons will be retrieved and return to the park and after dark they will be internally illuminated by their burners or glow. Also enjoy family activities, live music and food vendors.