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WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest

May 27 – 30, 2016 (Recurring daily)

A truly unique, admission-free, family oriented event is coming to Fuquay-Varina this coming Memorial Day Weekend - the Second Annual WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest. Gather with friends and family for outdoor fun as dozens of hot air balloons fill the sky in celebration and remembrance. More than 30 balloon pilots and teams will compete.

WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest will invite the public to a mass ascension of all participating balloons, followed by a balloon "glow" just after sunset on Fri., May 27 at Fleming Loop Park in Fuquay-Varina. Events continue on Sat., Sun. and Mon. mornings with competition balloon flights. Each afternoon/evening spectators will enjoy a mass ascension and a balloon glow with a few of the balloons providing tethered rides benefiting charities.

When the balloons aren't flying, you're invited to enjoy a wide variety of N.C.-based foods along with N.C. State Fair inspired foods, as well (40+ different food lines and vendors are planned), take in live local and regional musicians, field games for all ages, a Merchant Arts and Craft Village presented by the Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce, a Chef's Challenge and more.?