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Rockwall County Balloon Festival coming Nov. 11-12 to Smith Park in Fate

Plano Balloon Festival

FATE TX – The first annual Rockwall County Balloon Festival will be held Friday, Nov. 11, 4-10 pm; and Saturday, Nov. 12, 7 am-10 pm; at Smith Family Park in Fate, across the street from May Vernon Elementary, 100 Miss May Dr, Fate 75132.

Presented by The Rockwall News, 10-12 colorful hot air balloons will be involved. Weather pemitting, several will launch Friday and Saturday at 4:30-5 pm and Saturday, 7-8 am. All the balloons will participate in balloon glows Friday and Saturday,  7-8 pm.

Friday night, there will be a special Veterans Day commemoration, featuring patriotic music to balloon glows, followed by a concert by Nashville recording artists, Rhythm-n-Roses, whose lead singer’s brother was killed in action in Iraq in 2008.

Five-minute tether balloon rides, up to 80 ft. high, can be purchased for $20 adult & $15 per child Friday & Saturday, 4-9 pm and Saturday, 7-10 am. Visitors can purchase tickets to walk inside an inflated balloon for same price & hours.

One to two hour balloon flights can be also purchased at the Festival for $300 per person during the same times.

Event admission is just $5 per person, with children under 36 inches free.

There will be 2 free live music concerts each evening. Friday’s country music format features the Jon Beaumont Band, from 5-7 pm, and Rhythm-n-Roses, 8-10 pm.

Saturday classic rock cover bands Group Therapy and the Burning Sky Band, will perform from 5-7 pm and 8-10 pm, respectively.

There will be four Texas Rangers alumni baseball players signing autographs each afternoon from 4-6 pm.

A huge Kids’ Zone, full of inflatable rides and games, will be open from 4-10 pm, Friday & 10 am -10 pm, Saturday. An unlimited rides wristband can be purchased for $10 per child.

There will be over 50 food and merchandise vendors of all kinds.

Event sponsors include Kroger, Rockwall Dodge, Rockwall Ford, Rockwall Pediatric Dentistry, Holiday Inn Express Inns & Suites, Mosquito Joe, MidSouth Bank, Area Wide Technical Support, Planet Rockwall, 91 Media, CERT, Nestegg Advice, Rockwall Chiropractic, Rockwall County EMS and Bounce ‘N’ More.

For more information see: www.rockwallcountyballoonfestival.com

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