Plano’s Oak Point Park…the place to be September 23 – 25, 2016
2016 will mark 37 years of ballooning…Join in the celebration at the InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival, a spectacular three-day event beginning at 4:00pm Friday, September 23rd at Oak Point Park, 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway. This action packed weekend event offers something for everyone; entertainment on the FOX 4 Community Stage and KLUV Main Stage, Friday and Saturday evening glows, Saturday evening spectacular fireworks, presented by Bimbo Bakeries USA, special kids art activities in the Central Market Kids Fun Zone, and of course the kaleidoscope of colors provided by the 40 hot-air balloons. The balloons will launch Friday at 6:00pm, Saturday at 7:00am and 6:00pm, and Sunday at 7:00am and 6:00pm (weather permitting). BALLOONS...The major draw for the balloon festival will be the 40 magnificent, colorful, hot air balloons. Fun for all ages, are the special shapes that attend the festival. Special Shapes attending this year include: High Diddle Diddle, Joelly-the Baby Bee, Betty Jean the Butterfly, Peg Leg Pete the Pirate Parrot, Purple People Eater, Pepe, and the new Bimbo Bear.
THRILL SEEKERS...For the adventurous, the RE/MAX parachute team will perform Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons at 5:30pm, jumping from their plane over the park and landing right in the middle of the launch field. Friday and Saturday evening, some of the balloons will provide a breathtaking sight as they inflate and glow after it gets dark. This is a must see!
SPECTATORS... Over the years, the Festival has grown in the number of balloons and in the special activities that are planned for spectators. Concerts will be provided Friday and Saturday evening. We will wrap up Saturday evening with our very popular spectacular fireworks show, presented by Bimbo Bakeries USA.
RUNNERS… Why not join in the Half Marathon, 5K or Family Fun Run? Runner’s will take off and seemingly float along the course after a one-of-a-kind start like no other. At 7am, a balloon launch (weather permitting) will fill the skies overhead for miles and miles making runners spirits soar. The course will lead back to the Festival grounds where the race bib earns the runners a fabulous hot breakfast. Runners can expect a great technical shirt, custom medal, and awesome winner’s trophies. Again this year the male and female over all half marathon winners will receive a custom designed winners ring. These rings have been custom designed by Olschwanger Jewelry Designs and will be presented at the awards ceremony. Two additional complimentary tickets (race bib admits the runner) and parking (provided by the race bib) will be an incentive to bring your own cheering section. Register at www.planoballoonfest.org
FOOD...oh yes... we have food. Literally something for everyone, and with the variety of items being served this year, no one should leave hungry. Thanks to the participation by local non-profit agencies, independent vendors, and sponsors we have everything you can imagine. Hungry for funnel cakes - we got ‘em, love a corn dog - we have the best in town, turkey legs - check out Dickey’s booth, over 30 concessionaires, so many choices…so little time!
FUN...For the past 36 years, this event has been organized and designed to provide entertainment for the entire family. The Central Market Kid’s Fun Zone is filled with a ‘free Kids Korner’, huge inflatables, and more. Young and old have much in common when they are enjoying the colorful balloons that will fill the skies over Plano, September 23, 24 & 25. Come make memories for your family.
For additional information please check out our website: www.planoballoonfest.org or follow us on twitter and facebook.