Tupelo, Mississippi's Up, Up & Away Hot Air Balloon Festival will be held this weekend at Veteran's Park in conjunction with the Azalea Festival. I've never been to this event before so I'm really looking forward to checking it out. As usual, I'm nowhere near ready. Watercolors need framing, prints need signing, stuff needs sorting… Somehow I always pull it together in the nick of time so here's hoping this time's no different!
Friday the park will be open to the public from 5 pm to 8:30 pm and Saturday 9 am to 8:30 pm. Admission is free for kids under 4, and $5 for everyone else. From what I gather you'll be able to enjoy the following:
Arts & Crafts vendors (come see me!) Food vendors Live Entertainment Face Painting & Balloons Rock Wall Climbing Inflatables (not sure what that means. Like a moon bounce, maybe?) Video Game Trailer Antique Car Show Pony Rides Petting Zoo 5K Race & Fun Run Azalea Bud Pageant Azalea Walk
And then of course there's the hot air balloons, which I'm personally looking forward to! I've never seen one in person. There'll be tethered rides starting at 5 pm on Friday and then later a "Hot Air Balloon Glowing." I don't speak hot air balloon so… not exactly sure what that means, but I'm guessing when it's dark those babies glow pretty good, with that flaming torch thing and all!