You know Fall is here when the Plano Balloon Festival arrives! Hot air balloons from all over the country come to our great city of Plano, Texas. It's the perfect time to get the family out in cooler weather. The Plano Balloon Festival is 34 years old and one of the city's largest celebrations, drawing in excess of 90,000 attendees. Over the years, the festival has evolved into an important fundraiser for local nonprofit organizations.
The festival kicks on Friday, September 20th at 4pm. So many fun and delicious things to do this year starting with, of course, hot air balloons!! Both Saturday and Sunday mornings at 8:00AM, a group of balloons that launch from remote areas, will attempt to fly over the festival grounds. A target will be laid out on the launch field, and the pilots will compete by dropping bean bags on the target. The pilot that is closest to the target wins a prize. How cool?!?? You can even purchase a ticket to ride in a hot air balloon! This event gets better every year and it's a tradition in my house. The kids have a ball with the Central Market Kids Zone and you will love the local community acts, live bands, sky divers, fireworks, and balloon night glows.
What is a balloon glow? Well, AWESOME!!! A balloon glow takes place after dusk when balloon pilots assemble with their equipment on the balloon launch field and conduct synchronized firings of their balloon's burners. (see picture)
Will there be food? YES, and plenty of it!! For me this is my warm up to the State Fair of Texas... Just to name a few (HA) of the tasty bites you will find are: Bratwurst on a Bun, Breakfast Burritos, Chicken Wings, Chopped Beef Sandwich, Cinnamon Roasted Nuts, Corn Dogs, Cotton Candy, Cuban Sandwich, Curly Fries, Fresh Squeezed Lemonade, Frito Pie, Fruit Cup, Funnel Cakes, Gelato, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Hot Link on a Bun, Ice Cream, Iced Tea, Italian Sausage on a Bun, Kettle Corn, Muffins, Nachos, Pancakes, Philly Cheese Steak, Pizza, Pretzels, Roasted Corn, Sausage on a Stick, Sausage Biscuits, Skillet Potatoes, Smoothies, Snow cones, Spiral Cut Potatoes, Steak Sandwich, Sweet Tea....and did I mention Turkey Legs ???
I just may need a hot air balloon to lift me out of there.
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PHOTO CREDITS: Plano Balloon Festival