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Time to GLOW!  by Tara

June24

four balloonsWe 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 13,000 people enjoyed it last year alone!

For the 15th 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 and buttons can be bought at the gate. Kids age 5 and under do NOT need a button! Balloon Glow will be held Monday, July 1st at Brucemore (it was originally on June 25th, but we had to postpone thanks to rain). Gates open at 5:30 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 foGreen Shirt cutier 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 from 7:00-10:00 pm by the foot tapping, chair dancing, make you want to DANCE sounds of the Lonesome Road. Voted KCRG A-List, Best Music category 2011 and 2012, this country band will surely impress even the toughest music critic. Their Facebook page has a ton of videos on it, so if you’re interested in getting yourself psyched up, go here for a listen!

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!

Feel free to take pics and post them to our Facebook Page or Tweet at us with them.

Tell us in the comments below: What’s your favorite Balloon Glow memory?

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