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Sail away in a hot-air balloon

Annual Harvest Balloon Festival lands at Sterling on the Lake in Flowery Branch

POSTED: October 17, 2013 1:00 a.m.

It will be a beautiful fall day to get out, and up, up and away Saturday at the fourth annual Harvest Balloon Festival at Sterling on the Lake.

The afternoon festival will be from 1-8 p.m. amid the fall foliage with balloons above and tethered about the grounds. The event will feature opportunities for visitors to float above the crowd in a hot air balloon as well as partake in family games and carnival-style activities, pumpkin carving and an evening balloon glow and hayrides. Sterling’s Village Green is at 7005 Lake Sterling Blvd., in Flowery Branch.

For those interested in watching the balloons lift off in competition, pilots will be ready at 8 a.m. Sunday with wind and weather permitting. Balloonists pilot early and at day’s end for better “lift.”

Bands “Twisted Whisky” and “Route 41” will perform throughout the day.

Entrance into the festival is free, but activities cost tickets. About 30 are available for $25. Parking costs $5.

Balloon rides are an additional cost. Tethered rides will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and last until dark. Prepaid balloon rides will begin at 7 a.m. Sunday followed by tethered rides from 8-9:30 a.m. Sunday

Proceeds will go toward Challenged Child & Friends and the Hall County Animal Shelter.

For more information, visit www.HarvestBalloonFestival.com.


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