SkyFest Marysville features hot air balloons, live music, food trucks, and a majestic fireworks display Saturday, July 8, at Lakeview Sports Complex, Marysville

The festivities start at 5:30 p.m. with kids' activities - a bubble performer, bounce houses, and lawn games. Food and craft vendors will be on-site, too.

At 7 p.m., the Hot Club of Cowtown and Tyler Hilton take the stage to perform Elvis Presley’s hits from his days at Sun Studio.

Kids at SkyFest - Marysville

Sun Studio, Memphis, Tenn., is known as “the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll.” It is where musical legends like B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley were discovered.

Some of the songs Presley recorded on the Sun label include “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” “Harbor Lights,” “Milkcow Blues Boogie” and “That’s All Right.”

The Hot Club of Cowtown consists of Elana James on violin and vocals, Whit Smith on guitar and vocals, and Zack Sapunor on upright bass. They have been together for over 25 years and their signature musical style is Western swing and hot string jazz played in a vintage style.

Band playing at SkyFest in Marysville

The trio teams with Tyler Hilton, cast as Elvis Presley in the 2005 biopic, “Walk the Line,” to present Presley’s hits from his Sun Studio years.

Hilton is also known for playing Chris Keller on The WB’s hit show, “One Tree Hill.” In 2007 he played Taylor Swift’s love interest in her music video for “Teardrops on My Guitar.”

After the concert, five hot air balloons will start to glow.

Hot Air Balloons SkyFest - Marysville

The Green Bean, Champagne Cowboy, Airhawk, Chimpley, and Twister are the names of the five hot air balloons that will glow.

“Balloon names are like boat names,” said Chris Sabia, owner of Kansas City AeroSports, the company hired to produce the balloon glow. “The owners choose a name that matches the look of the balloon.”

The Green Bean has several different shades of green and white while Chimpley features a monkey peeking through bars. The Airhawk boasts the mascot for the University of Kansas, the Jayhawk.

The hot air balloons inflate shortly after dark and light up the night sky like Chinese lanterns.

“Once they start glowing, it’s the best time to see them,” Sabia said. “The first thirty minutes are the most magical because most people haven’t seen this before.”

After the balloon glow, the sky will burst with a 20-minute fireworks display choreographed to music. The display is put together by Rainbow Fireworks, Inman, Kan

For more information about the event, people may go to or call 785-859-4260.


Marysville, the county seat of Marshall County, is a beautiful and prosperous town located near the Big Blue River in northern Kansas.