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 four Texas Rangers alumni baseball players signing autographs each afternoon from 5-7 pm:
- Friday, 5-6 pm: Bump Willis
- Friday, 6-7 pm: Tim Crabtree
- Saturday, 5-6 pm: Dave Hostetler
- Saturday, 6-7 pm: Pat Mahomes
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. Single tickets are $5 per ride.
There will be over 50 food and merchandise vendors of all kinds.
Event sponsors include:
- The Rockwall News
- Rockwall Dodge
- Rockwall Ford
- 101.7 FM Air1 Radio
- Rockwall Pediatric Dentistry
- Holiday Inn Express Inns & Suites
- Mosquito Joe
- MidSouth Bank
- Area Wide Technical Support
- 91 Media
- Epoch Times
- Planet Rockwall
- Nestegg Advice
- Rockwall Chiropractic
- Rockwall County EMS
For more information see: www.rockwallcountyballoonfestival.com