Float away at the Carolina Balloon Fest

This meetup is in partnership with the Ground Zero Over 40 meetup.

Join us for the 40th anniversary of the Carolina Balloon Fest in Statesville, NC. I know this event is a long time away but got so excited to announce it now so everyone knows about it in advance!! Some of us went last year and spent most of the day there and had a blast!! All day festival includes - Saturday balloon glow, live music entertainment, kids activities, market place for shopping, food venders, NC Wine and craft beer tasting and hot air balloon rides. We enjoyed sampling wine from local vineyards and you can get special deals during the event. This is a family event so please feel free to bring children!! Lawn chairs and blankets are permitted but no pets or coolers please!!!

There is limited on site parking so we may want to carpool. The gates open at 7am and close at 830pm. As the date gets closer we will plan on the best time to get there. Tickets are $10 for an adult, $5 for kids 6 to 12 years old , and free for kids under 5.

Please check out their website for more information - http://www.carolinaballoonfest.com

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  • MaryB

    I didn't get to meetup with group, but we had a good time.

    October 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was lots of fun except the weather was rather drizzly to begin with. But that's not the fault of anybody.

    October 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi,
    How about we come up with an idea to connect with each other so we know who folks in our group might be. That is a big place if we know of a color our group could be wearing or if they have name tags we have a chance of finding people. Maybe the name tag on their shirt or coat would be the easiest. What do you think?

    October 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll find you, Marie! I know your face and your red jacket will give you away too! We usually park at the first entrance on the top of the hill and go a little left about halfway down the hill so we have a good vantage point but also are not too far from the action! Thanks for helping round up your groups! I will attempt to round mine up as well, and it will be a great showing and a great show! Let's do this thing! Thank you, Marie, for your help! Our professional photographer, Rick Linstead will be taking bunches of pictures and I will too! I will make sure my pictures are posted on all the groups' sites! I think Rick is also a member of a lots of groups so he will do the same. See you Saturday!

      October 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Anybody going there, I have posted and will repost my cellphone number so you can find us in the group! We will probably "roost" where we were last year, at the first parking area, halfway down the hill for a good vantage point. Text or call me at[masked]-2699. I will answer you or text you back with our exact location. If you come late you will find me in the wine tasting line, lol! It goes on all day for only $10.00 with a commemorative glass! Love it!

      October 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If anybody needs a ride from the Belmont area (West CLT, Mount Holly, Gastonia, Stanley, Belmont) I will be leaving for the Balloon Fest tomorrow very early.. I will be at the Chic-Fil-A on 273 (first exit from CLT on I85) parking lot for a short while to collect any others who want to attend and ride with me. My Honda Pilot holds 8 people. I will be there early (leave from my home at 8:00 AM). But warning - I will stay until the bitter end since I am the organizer of this Meetup. Hehehehe! Call me or text me at[masked] and I will respond.

    October 18, 2013

  • Wendy

    I'm tentative. Just moved to Greensboro for a new job.

    October 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If you have trouble finding the group please email me or Marie. My cellphone number is[masked]-2699. Please remember to bring a lawn chair or a blanket upon which to sit. We will attempt to sit together on the hill half way up from the band and the admissions booth.

    October 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      don't email me I wont see it, look for me at the entrance 8am to 15am I maybe a little late with the traffic or find me inside I will have a RED jacket on.

      October 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm really excited about the Balloon Fest this Saturday! Last year was SOOO much fun!!!
    Please get there early if you don't want t nightmare parking or find someone to carpool with. Anybody in the Belmont Area who would like to carpool with me I can fit seven passengers. Let me know.
    There is an all day wine tasting for $10.00 (A Great value) and the band is excellent! Also they have stuff for the kids, balloon rides (tethered) as well as fantabulous local vendors hawking their wares!

    October 12, 2013

  • MaryB

    Do you know what time they do the mass assention?

    September 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      At dusk. I think it was between five and six last year but you could check with the weather channel and find out when sunset occurs in October in Statesville. Rick Linstead probably knows. He goes every year.

      1 · September 22, 2013

    • MaryB

      Thanks!!

      1 · October 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My family is coming from Fl and will also be here this weekend. Will have to catch next meetup

    October 7, 2013

  • Carlene A.

    Is this a mass assention event? I saw all the balloons go up at sunrise in Iowa once and it was spectacular. I was wondering if this is the same?

    September 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      yes!

      September 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't wait!

    1 · August 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Went a couple of years to this event it was so beautiful and the bands were good too.

    June 24, 2013

  • Monica M.

    Please use this area to coordinate carpools.

    June 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Anybody living in the Belmont, Mt Holly Gastonia area needing a ride you can come with me. My Honda Pilot holds eight including myself. Riders please contribute $5.00 per person for gas. We will meet at Roses/Waffle House in Belmont. I will leave early and stay late. Bring a lawn chair. Let me know.

      June 23, 2013

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