Rome Hot Air Bal­loon fes­ti­val com­ing up this week­end

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLE - By Ken Suf­fridge Guest con­trib­u­tor

This com­ing Fri­day af­ter­noon at 4 p.m. the “Rome Young Marines” will present the col­ors thus mark­ing the open­ing of the first ever Rome Bal­loon Fes­ti­val.

Jeremy Kwa­ter­ski, Director of Rome Bal­loon Fes­ti­val said, “In past years the beau­ti­ful, tiny lit­tle town of Menlo with a pop­u­la­tion of 200 or so played host to the fes­ti­val and brought in over 20,000 peo­ple the first year! We wanted to be in a big­ger venue and the Richard B Rus­sell Air­port in Rome is per­fect.

He went on to say that “we are plan­ning on this be­ing an An­nual event, and we are very ex­cited about work­ing with the great folks at the City of Rome, and Floyd, and County as well as the great or­ga­ni­za­tions like the Mu­seum of Flight and the Tiger Flight Foun­da­tion for years to come.”

The NWG Hot Air Bal­loon Fes­ti­val started in 2008 up in the Menlo/ Sum­merville area, So this is the first time for the Fes­ti­val to be held in Rome.

The or­ga­niz­ers are plan­ning a much larger crowd than years past and look­ing for good bal­loon fly­ing for the two day event.

There will be Hot air Bal­loons of all shapes and sizes, and in­clude the char­ac­ters from Looney Tunes, and the crowd fa­vorite the Pur­ple Peo­ple eater.

At this time about 20 hot air bal­loons will par­tic­i­pate.

There will be a “Fly In” and car show, ad­di­tion­ally there will be a num­ber of air­planes, both mil­i­tary and civil­ian on dis­play.

The fes­ti­val will have 100’s of craft and re­tail ven­dors and some fan­tas­tic food served in our food truck pavil­ion.

Or­ga­niz­ers added that there will be a Kid­die Car­ni­val Land, with bounce houses and games.

The pub­lic will be able to ex­pe­ri­ence the thrill of flight in a hot air bal­loon by be­ing able to board a teth­ered bal­loon for $20 per oc­cu­pant.

They en­cour­age brin­ing the en­tire fam­ily, as there will be some­thing for ev­ery­one.

Ken Suf­fridge, a mem­ber of the Mu­seum of Flight, and long time Air Show Nar­ra­tor will be the Em­cee for the two day event.

/ Con­trib­uted

Looney Tunes char­ac­ters will be one of the sev­eral fea­tures seen at the up­com­ing in­au­gu­ral Hot Air Bal­loon fes­ti­val in Rome.

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