Colorful hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes and from all over the state are lift off the second weekend every September for the annual Plano Balloon Festival
The three-day festival — a huge draw for the city and state — begins on Friday afternoon just after school lets out.
Then there are the special shape, balloon glows in the evenings, food trucks, activities for the kids, and a pretty spectacular fireworks show on Saturday night at Oak Point Preserve.
See the incredible moments from the festival below:
Here are some things to know:
Tethered rides were available this year. A tethered ride is when the balloon lifts off the ground, hovers 20-30 feet above the ground for several minutes, but does not launch and fly away. $25 for adults and this gives a nice taste of a balloon ride without any danger and a fraction of the cost.
The major draw for this Balloon Festival will be the 45 magnificent, colorful, hot air balloons. The featured Special Shapes for this year include: SpyderPig, High Kitty, Yellow Bird, Puddy Cat, Mr. Bup, Beagle Maximus, Gordo the Monkey, Old Lady and her Shoe, and High Jack.
HUMBLE (or not so humble) BEGINNINGS
I still remember and cherish the balloon festival when it was held at Bob Woodruff Park and oozed of charm. It was perfection during those days. But it actually started before the Bob Woodruff days in September 1980. The Plano Hot Air Balloon Festival begins with 45-50 balloons lifting off from the Willow Bend Polo and Hunt Club. The slogan, Plano – the Balloon Capital of Texas is proposed and adopted by the Plano Chamber’s Women’s Division.
P.S. Want more Hot Air Balloons? There are 2 more Balloon Festivals in Collin County – Celina and Anna!! (click on Celina for more deets)
P.P.S. I need this for next year’s hot air balloon party, don’t you?