The Plant City Balloon Festival takes off

The PC night sky will be illuminated by the glow of flames from hot air balloon burners.

The Fifth Dimension’s 1967 hit “Up-Up and Away” made everyone add a hot air balloon ride to their to-do list.

If lifting off the ground in a wicker basket suspended from a nylon envelope filled with air heated via a propane burner sounds like a fun thing to do, then you’ll want to attend the Plant City Balloon Festival, coming to the Strawberry Festival grounds. , located at 303 N. Lemon St., on Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Twice a night, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., the Night Glow and Laser Show will feature the flames of hot air balloon burners, high-powered lasers and pyrotechnics, all synchronized with heart-pounding music to light up the night.

“This event is such that it will be an epic and fun experience for the whole family,” said Jeremy Kwaterski, director of Hot Air Balloon Management.

In addition to balloon displays, the event will include a vendor’s market, food stalls, live music, kids’ zone, magicians, jugglers, traveling performers and other festival experiences.

Advance ticket prices are $22 for adults and $10 for children ages 6-17. (plus processing fee) Children 5 and under are free. Tickets at the door will be $30 for adults and $15 for children ages 6-17. Fast Pass tickets are $50 per person, which entitles the holder to go straight to the start of the line on all rides (this is not a ticket for any of the rides, it is simply a fast pass to avoid queues). Trips are extra. General parking is free. VIP and disabled parking is available.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair to make yourself comfortable, but no outside food, drink or alcohol is allowed.

If you want to check a captive hot air balloon ride off your bucket list, the cost is $25 per person.

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