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Get your glow on!  by Tara

June26

We are big believers in family traditions. Every year we share one of our favorite Linn Area family traditions with our community – the Balloon Glow. This well-known event is part of Freedom Festival (it’s our favorite part, but we’re a little biased!). Heck, nearly 14,000 people enjoyed it last year alone! 

For the 13th year in a row, we are the sponsors of this FREE family evening. Do note that it’s only FREE with your Freedom Festival button – although kids 5 and under do not need to have a button. Balloon Glow will be held this Tuesday, June 28th at Brucemore. Gates open at 6:00 pm. Additional details can be found here (parking, shuttle buses, etc.). 

To say that this event “is for young and old alike” may sound super cheesy, but it’s the honest to goodness truth! I remember going on one of my first dates with my now husband to Balloon Glow! I packed us a picnic basket full of yummy treats and some choice beverages and away we went for a lovely evening of music and picturesque views. 

And I can’t even explain to you how much the kids LOVE this event. Whether it’s running up for their 5th Linn Area hot air balloon tattoo, grooving along to the music or ohh-ing and aww-ing over the hot air balloons, kids totally dig this family night out. 

This year you’ll be entertained by the funktastic sounds of the FunkDaddies. I couldn’t resist checking out their website, which led me to their song list. From The Commodore’s classic hit “Brick House” to “Smooth” by Santana, their grooves offer a little somethin’ somethin’ for everyone out there! (I’m personally dying to know what “The Chicken” sounds like!) See if your favorite song is on the list here or check out one of their videos here

Don’t forget to say hi to all the familiar Linn Area faces as you come in through the entrances! We’ll be the ones putting the hot air balloon tattoos on all willing participants! Around 40 of us will be there that night – even some of our very own family members will be lending a hand, as well! 

Oh, and keep your eyes open for me, Tara, as I’ll be the extremely pregnant one wandering around asking if I can take your family’s pic for our Facebook page! :o) Make sure you say hello and get your picture taken! 

What’s your favorite Balloon Glow Memory? Tell us below!

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