— Mabrie Jackson, HEB | Central Market
PLANO, Texas, USA, April 7, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — “Things are really looking up” for HEB | Central Market Plano Balloon Festival & Run celebrating its 43rd year September 23-25. The city of Plano is the official hot air balloon capital of Texas and this annual hot air balloon tradition will take place at the Red Tail Pavilion/Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve. The three-day weekend features more than 30 colorful hot air balloons, a RE/MAX parachute team display, live entertainment on the FOX4 main stage, a fireworks spectacular, marketing sponsors, food concessions , arts and crafts vendors, a children’s entertainment area, and more!
“Families are eager to celebrate a safe return to outdoor gatherings, and the HEB | The Central Market teams are thrilled to be a part of this beloved event,” said Mabrie Jackson, Senior Director of Public Affairs for HEB | Central Market.
The first annual invitational balloon rally began in 1980 and the original poster spells out the exciting sentiments that “things are looking up!” The 2022 poster is a nostalgic nod to the original event which has since launched hundreds of hot air balloons for thousands of people. The featured artwork is from an original painting by local artist Steve Uriegas that was painted at the festival in 2015. The artist uses a palette knife to apply the paint to create a similar layered three-dimensional effect to a stained glass window. It is a vibrant depiction of joyful wonder that soars in a balloon; and a colorful invitation to come and experience magical memories at the festival where “It’s REALLY going to get better!”
“As the Balloon Capital of Texas, Plano is known for its positive affiliation with hot air ballooning. I am delighted that the Festival is taking place this year in September. HEB | The Central Market Plano Balloon Festival and the City of Plano are proud to continue to present our community’s largest family event. Join me and my family as we enjoy the beautiful hot air balloons, skydivers and fireworks, eat some fun festival food and make some great memories!” – Mayor of Plano, John B. Muns.
Doors open at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 23 and continue through Sunday, September 25, and the program includes 35 hours of fun festival activities on and off the pitch. The Texas Parachute RE/MAX team will jump out of a plane and slide across the field, Balloon Glows are presented by Dos Equis and UNIFY Financial Credit Union, and additional balloon activities are presented by HEB | Central Market and the town of Plano. On Friday night, Party Machine, a band from Emerald City, will rock the main stage of FOX4. Saturday night attendees will be “keeping the beat” with the Moving Colors drum line, so plan to party all night. The Kids Fun Zone is a mini carnival adventure with rides, inflatable slides, obstacle courses, craft stations and more.
HEB tickets | Central Market Plano Balloon Festival & Run goes on sale June 15. Runner registration is now open for the Plano Balloon Festival Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, 1K and races at www.pbfraces.org. For more information, please visit www.planoballoonfest.org and follow on Facebook or Instagram.
About Plano Balloon Festival, Inc.
The Plano Balloon Festival, Inc. is a nonprofit 501c3 organized for the purpose of hosting a premier community and family hot air balloon event, providing other local nonprofit volunteer opportunities as part of Festival operations. The Plano Balloon Festival, Inc. directly impacts the Collin County community by distributing funds to participating nonprofits and has donated over $3 million since its inception.
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HEB 2022 | Plano Central Market Festival and Balloon Race