Conner Prairie’s air balloon gets new exhibit space, sponsor

(WISH-TV News)
(WISH-TV News)

FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) – Conner Prairie’s most visible landmark, their helium balloon, will have a new exhibit space and a new sponsor.

Conner Prairie announced that Reynolds Farm Equipment will be the presenting sponsor of the 1859 Balloon Voyage experience.

The well-known farm equipment company will donate $375,000 total — that’s $75,000 annually — until 2019.

Gary Reynolds, president of Reynolds Farm Equipment, has been serving on Conner Prairie’s Board of Directors since 2010. In November 2014, Reynolds and his wife Cindy pledged $1 million to support Conner Prairie’s five-year strategic development plan.

The balloon experience began in 2009, but was decommissioned in December 2014 to create a new exhibit space to include Indiana history of the hot air balloon.

Conner Prairie’s plans for the new balloon exhibit will include the history surrounding the air balloon, plus that it was the world’s first successful air-mail delivery agent.

Additional support for the new balloon exhibition will be provided by Hamilton County Tourism, the William Brooks Fortune Charitable Lead Annuity Trust, Conner Prairie Alliance, the city of Fishers and the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation.

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