2008-06-26 / About Town

Balloonfest celebrates 30 years with the Flying Wallendas

From July 18 to 20, the Wakefield Ro tary wi ll host the South County 30th Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival at the URI Athletic Fields on Route 138 in Kingston.

The Flying Wallendas, the famous high-wire family, are this year's new attraction and will perform up to three times each day during the festival, demonstrating their amazing balance and athleticism.

The stars of the event are, of course, the balloons. Approximately 15 balloonists will show off their balloons starting Friday evening with the Balloon Glow. The balloonists give tethered rides during the glow, meaning the balloons are tied to the ground and fly about 150 feet off the ground. The flames th at he at th e balloons also light them up, giving off a warm "glow" in the darkening sky. Longer rides can be negotiated for Saturday and Sunday with the individual pilots.

During the Friday evening glow, John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band will perform, and anyone at the festival can enjoy the music, spread out blankets or relax in a lawn chair while eating dinner from the numerous food vendors.

Admission to the festival is $10 for adults and children 14 and under are $3 all weekend. Parking is free. RV camping is available on site. All proceeds are donated to charities by the Rotary Club of Wakefield.

For more information, visit www.southcountyballoonfest. com.

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