Look! Up in the Sky! It’s the Great War Memorial Balloon Race

The skies over Little Rock will be a lot more colorful June 22-24 because of the inaugural Great War Memorial Balloon Race. The three-day event will showcase balloons from all over the country while building awareness of local non-profit organizations.

Activities kick-off on June 22 at 4 p.m. with jazz, food, art vendors, and events just for the kids. An opening ceremony with Mayor Mark Stodola takes place at 6 p.m., followed by the inflation of the 150-foot-tall “Freedom Eagle.” A balloon launch (weather permitting) and tethered rides begin at 6:30 p.m. along with a balloon glow.

Saturday, June 23 starts bright and early at 6:30 a.m. with a competition flight, once again, weather permitting. Departure location is dependent on wind direction. A fun Zumba session is at 9 a.m. at the Daily Fitness Center in War Memorial Park. At 10 a.m., food trucks, art vendors, children’s activities, the Clear Channel radio “boom box” music, and a fishing derby begin. Also taking place are carnival games offered by B.I.G. Love Cancer Care, a Girl Scout project, and the opening of the new War Memorial Park splash fountain and playground. Live music performances begin at 3 p.m. and continue until around 11 p.m., during which a balloon glow will be held at approximately 8:30 p.m. A mass ascension of up to 25 hot air balloons will launch at 6 p.m. if weather permits, along with tethered rides, jazz, food, vendor booths and children’s activities.

A second balloon competition flight takes off at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 24 followed by a continuation of Saturday’s events. The closing celebration at dusk features luminaries and music.

Additional information is available by visiting www.greatwarmemorialballoonrace.com. Contact Lisa Archer, event director, by e-mailing greatwmbr.la@gmail.com or by phoning 501-993-4504 for more details.

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One comment on “Look! Up in the Sky! It’s the Great War Memorial Balloon Race
  1. Cheryl says:

    This is a great idea and sounds great. We need more fun things as well as educational opportunities for Arkansans. Thank you for your ideas, hard work putting all these events together for all of us to enjoy.

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