Great Forest Park Balloon Race – September 16-18

During the week before Fall officially begins (aren’t we so happy to see this heat go!?), the Great Forest Park Balloon Race is a perfect way to welcome in the Fall season. Seventy colorful hot air balloons take part in this two-day event, which begins on the eve of September 16 with a balloon glow. The races take place the following day, and what a sight to see! Here is a little info from their website. Check it out!

Energizer┬« presents the 39th anniversary of the Great Forest Park Balloon Race on September 16-18, 2011. The Balloon Glow will be on Friday evening. The glow will be on Central Field (the site of the Race) and will be a walk through event only — not a drive through event. The Balloon Race will take place on Central Field by the Jewel Box in Forest Park, on Saturday afternoon. The Great Forest Park Balloon Race is free and open to the public.

Friday, September 16, 2011
BALLOON GLOW — Central Field– 7:00pm to 8:30pm
The Balloon Glow offers spectators a breathtaking view of inflated balloons lighted by their burners. Get up close and walk around the balloons. Refreshments and Food are available. The event will conclude with the PNC Bank fireworks finale display beginning at approximately 9pm.

Saturday, September 17, 2011
BALLOON RACE – Central Field– 12:00pm to 6:30pm
Spend your day in beautiful Forest Park and help celebrate the 20th Birthday of the Energizer Bunny. The Purina Children’s Entertainment area is filled with pony rides, games, and other activities for kids. The Entertainment Stage features a variety of local talent. During the Photo contest the public can enter the balloon field and take pictures of their favorite balloons. Prizes will be awarded for the best photographs. The Skydiving Team performs and lands in the center of the launch field. The race begins when the Energizer Bunny Balloon takes off ahead of the pack. 70 “hound” balloons then launch in pursuit. The balloon dropping a birdseed baggie closest to the Energizer Bunny Balloon will be declared the winner.

12:00pm: Festivities begin!
1:00pm: AT&T Entertainment Stage Opens
2:00pm: Wehrenberg/Suburban Journals Photo Contest details
3:00pm: Skydivers
3:30pm: Opening Ceremonies
4:30pm: Energizer Hot “Hare” Balloon Launch
4:45pm: “Hound” Balloon Launch begins

Should be a really great time! Forest Park is only about 10 minutes from the Mansion and we still have availability on Friday, September 16th! Come enjoy a stay with us with a stop by the Balloon Race and St. Louis will be sure to deliver you with memories that will last a lifetime!

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