Eyes to the Skies Revenue Up, Attendance Sustained in 2011

The Eyes to the Skies Committee's former treasurer reviewed attendance and revenue information from this year's festival at Monday's village board meeting.

Are you wondering how many bodies filed into this year's Eyes to the Skies festival? The festival's former treasurer, Brad Hettich, reviewed unaudited numbers at Monday's nights board of trustees meeting.


  • Attendance clocked in at just over 32,000 visitors (with vendors, military servicemen and Lisle residents, Hettich said the actual number is between 40-50,000). This is believed to be comparable to last year.
  • more than 350 volunteers assisted, dedicating more than 3,200 hours to the festivities 
  • The festival brought in $589,000 in revenue, a 5 percent increase over 2010.
  • Approximately $50,000 has been donated to local service organizations, including the , Education Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Lisle, Partners for Parks and Rotary Club of Lisle, for their efforts.
Maria October 18, 2011 at 07:51 AM
Was the increase in revenue due to a decrease in police/traffic control that contributed to the death of a Lisle resident? How much did the Festival committee save by cutting police/traffic control?
Karlie Baker (Editor) October 18, 2011 at 12:49 PM
Maria, talks I've had with the police department indicate they've usually staffed two officers at each exit to the festival. I think it's a jump to say they've 'cut' police control.
Maria October 18, 2011 at 02:47 PM
If they expected good attendence, knew the bridge was out, and fully expected twice as many people to exit the park at Ohio/Yackely you would think there would have been at least 4 officers, lots more light, and a heightened sense of need for safety. I did not see any of that. I suppose one could simply obtain the records/invoices from the police department for the past several years and compare the number of police officers hired each year. Perhpas instead of donating proceeds to the the Lisle Chamber of Commerce (which, by the way, is not a "charitable 501c3 organization") they should have made a donation in the name of Danna Early to a charily selected by the family. Just my opinion.
EGKingpin October 19, 2011 at 01:49 AM
"Early was struck as the couple crossed Yackley Avenue during what appeared to be a break in traffic" Why was she walking across during a "break" in traffic? Seems to me like she was walking across traffic illegally anyways which would make her death less of the driver's fault and more so her own. As for the revenue going up, well I guess it couldn't get any lower. The vendors have left because it wasn't worth it, the carnival hasn't change in like the last 7 years when it did nearly every year before that which turns away the younger crowd, and the parade seems like the plain old standard stuff with nothing different.


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