This post is sponsored by the Carolina BalloonFest
When it comes to aerial spectacles, there's nothing cooler than watching dozens of hot air balloons ascend. And in Statesville, this tradition dates back more than 40 years.
The Carolina BalloonFest will kick off its 45th year on Friday, October 19th and run through the 21st. Over the three-day event, folks will be able to check out more than 50 balloons in the day and at night! Not to mention all the other activities available as well.
Get more information on their website, including tickets and directions!
It's One of the Oldest Balloon Festivals in the Country
As the second oldest hot air balloon festival in the nation (only a few months behind Albuquerque), the Carolina BalloonFest is celebrating its 45th year. Originally established as National Balloon Rally Charities, the festival got its start from founders Bill Meadows and Tracy Barnes on October 5, 1974.
See 50+ Hot Air Balloons
The festival hosts 50+ hot air balloons that participate in three mass ascensions, two morning fly-overs and crowd-favorite, the Saturday evening balloon glow over the three-day weekend.
There's Activities to Keep the Family Entertained
The Carolina BalloonFest is noted for its family-friendly atmosphere with activities suitable for all ages and interests, including a Marketplace/Artisan Village, Kids Zone, Live Entertainment, NC Wine & Craft Beer Garden, Kids Zone, and walk-in balloon. This year, for the first time, Raleigh-based Imagine Circus will also join the festival on Sunday afternoon only.
There's Non-Stop Entertainment, Too
The Carolina BalloonFest provides non-stop live entertainment on two stages over the three day weekend with names such as Darrell Harwood, Albannach, Rockie Lynne, Bing Futch, Abby the Spoon Lady, N-Spire and the Way Down Wanderers.
Money Goes Back to the Queen City
Carolina BalloonFest, DBA National Balloon Rally Charities, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit which gives back to the community on an annual basis. A portion of all Carolina BalloonFest proceeds are donated to local non-profits and charities. In recent years, National Balloon Rally Charities has awarded over $500,000 back to the community.