The Balloon Fest started at the Thompson Airfield in 2011, and due to the popularity of the event it moved onto the First Monday Grounds in Canton, Texas. The Canton Texas Visitor Bureau now hosts this two day annual event each May. The festival has grown and now includes vendors of all kinds, food and art vendors showing off their pieces. Family fun activities include pony rides, bounce houses, climbing wall, car show and the 5K glow run on Friday night. Each year the festival highlights East Texas Music with a Battle of the Bands competition on Saturday and the event opens on Friday night each year with live music, Balloon Glow and all the vendors. The half marathon is Saturday morning and runners from all over come to compete in this officially sanctioned timed event.
The stars of the show are all the balloons. Not only do they take off each night in a display of color, they are competing in a sanctioned competition by the Balloon Federation of America each morning. The event does have tethered rides (during event) and full balloon rides (reserved in advance).
Free Admission, donations accepted
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