By Anne Morrissy
From March 23-26, Covenant Harbor will host the Big Balloon Build, a balloon installation experience conceived by Lake Geneva’s own Wisconsin Balloon Decor, a “mobile balloonery” which provides artistic balloon installations for weddings, parties and events throughout southern Wisconsin. This is the first time an event of this type has happened in this area. Proceeds will benefit local nonprofit Inspiration Ministries and their coffeeshop, Inspired, both of which provide opportunities and support to people living with disabilities.
Wisconsin Balloon Decor owner Sara Meyer will work with 75 balloon artists from around the world to create the installation in Covenant Harbor’s Jackson Family Activity Center. She expects the artists to use more than 100,000 balloons in the construction. In a nod to corporate sponsor Kunes RV of Elkhorn, the theme will be “Inspired by the Great Outdoors.”
This will be only the third Big Balloon Build event in the United States, including one last April in Vincennes, Indiana. “Thousands of people came to view the balloons,” Meyer says of that event. “We helped raise $120,000 for charity, all because of balloons. It was the largest installation I’ve ever been part of, which was incredible. But when I saw the impact the event was having on the community, I knew I wanted to bring it home.”
Lake Geneva’s Big Balloon Build will open with a ribbon cutting hosted by Inspiration Ministries and VISIT Lake Geneva on Thursday, March 23. Admission to the event that day is reserved for residents of Inspiration Ministries and trainees at Inspired Coffee as well as those invited to a special VIP event. On Friday, March 24, the installation opens to the public, and includes additional events like a performance by award-winning, California comedian Kerri Pomarolli and buffet breakfast with the Easter Bunny. General admission tickets will be available for admission Saturday, March 25, from 2-8 p.m., or Sunday, March 26, from 2-5 p.m. Tickets are $20 and visitors are encouraged to bring a donation of a non-perishable food item for the Fill the RV food drive to benefit local food pantries.
“People are going to be so excited when they walk in … at how big it is, how remarkable it is and how magical it is,” says Kimberly Voller, development coordinator at Inspiration Ministries.
For tickets or more information, visit wisconsinballoondecor.com/bigballoonbuild.