Plano Balloon Festival 2010 – Plano InTouch Credit Union Balloon Fest at Oak Point Park

The 2010 Plano Balloon Festival is an annual Plano Texas event held in September each year, and is one of the city’s largest celebrations for kids and families alike. The Plano Balloon Festival in Plano is celebrating its 31st year in 2010, where approximately 95,000 attendees will experience more local fireworks, fun and excitement of the InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival scheduled on September 17, 18, & 19, 2010 at Oak Point Park in Plano. Oak Point Park is located at 2801 East Spring Creek Pkwy in Plano TX, 75074.

The Plano Balloon Festival is the largest balloon event in Texas, and has evolved over the thirty plus years of its existence into an important fundraiser for local nonprofit organizations. While the specific festival events vary from year to year, the typical balloon festival schedule includes five hot air balloon launches (weather permitting), a large Kids Fun Zone, two stages showcasing local community acts and live bands on Friday and Saturday night, sky divers, fireworks, food and merchandise vendors, and nighttime balloon glows.

A Plano Balloon Festival balloon glow occurs after dusk when the many balloon pilots assemble together with their balloons and equipment on the balloon launch field and then conduct synchronized firings of their balloon’s burners. Weather-related problems may alter the performance of events, perhaps by either preventing or delaying a particular performance, or by eliminating some element of the performance altogether.

The State Farm Kids Fun Zone offers continuous entertainment on the Community Stage; Free “Kid’s Korner” make-and-take art activities; a rock climbing wall; inflatable rides; face painting; sand art, an obstacle course, the Plano Symphony Orchestra will be present, and much more. There are also opportunities for Balloon Festival attendees to take a hot air balloon ride, for a price of course.

The estimated cost to take a hot air balloon ride is $250.00 per person. Hot air balloon riders must be over the age of 10 and be in good health. Pregnant women, people recently released from the hospital, or anyone who currently has any broken bones or casts will not be able to qualify to purchase a hot air balloon ride. To take a hot air balloon ride, contact Air Venture Balloon Port at 972-422-0212 for more information.

Hot air balloon passenger hopefuls under the age of 18 must have parental permission or the parent must also buy a balloon ride and fly with them. All passengers will be required to sign a release form provided by the Festival ride provider, and all riders are accepted or denied at the discretion of the ride operator. The balloon ride ticket booth will be located near the Main Entrance and will be open prior to each balloon launch.

The spectacular three-day event provides spectators an action packed weekend at the Plano Balloon Festival sponsored by InTouch Credit Union, beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, September 17. This weekend event offers something for everyone, regardless of age; Entertainment on the Community Stage and Main Stage, Saturday Evening Spectacular Fireworks Show, special kids activities, and the incredible hot air balloons in various shapes and colors.

Plano Balloon Festival Schedule

Friday, September 17, 2010

4:00 PM Festival Opens and Bus Service Begins
5:30 PM RE/MAX Parachute Team Exhibition
6:00 PM Balloon Launch presented by RE/MAX
7:00 PM Concert on the Main Stage
8:00 PM Balloon Glow
8:45 PM Family fun-filled Street Dance

Saturday, September 18, 2010

6:00 AM Gates & Parking Lots Open and Bus Service Begins
6:30 AM Dawn Patrol “Wake up Plano”
7:00 AM Balloon Launch presented by the City of Plano
5:00 PM RE/MAX Parachute Team Exhibition
6:00 PM Balloon Launch presented by InTouch Credit Union
7:00 PM Concert on the Main Stage
8:00 PM Balloon Glow
9:00 PM Spectacular Fireworks Show

Sunday, September 19, 2010

6:00 AM Gates & Parking Lots Open and Bus Service Begins
6:30 AM Dawn Patrol “Wake up Plano”
7:00 AM Balloon Launch
5:00 PM RE/MAX Parachute Team Exhibition
6:00 PM Balloon Launch
7:00 PM Festival Closes

Plano Balloon Festival Food

The list of food and drinks available for purchase from vendors at the Plano Balloon Festival include: Baked Potatoes, Iced Tea, Bratwurst on a Bun, Italian Sausage on a Bun, Texas Skillet Breakfast Burrito (cooked on a 6-foot skillet), Kettle Corn, Cake Balls, Mesquite Grilled Chicken Breasts, Cake Pops, Muffins, Chicken Tomatillo Tacos, Nachos, Chicken Wings, Pancakes, Chopped Beef Sandwich, Philly Cheese Steak, Cinnamon Roasted Nuts, Picadillo Tacos, Conway’s Corn Dogs, Pizza, Cotton Candy, Pretzels, Cuban Sandwich, Roasted Corn, Cupcakes, Sausage on a Stick, Curly Fries, Sausage Biscuits, Fresh Squeezed Lemonade, Skillet Potatoes, Fried Everything, Smoothies, Frito Pie, Snowcones, Fruit Cup, Spiral Cut Potatoes, Funnel Cakes, Steak Sandwich, Gelato, Sweet Potato Chips with Ancho Mayo, Hamburgers, Sweet Tea, Hot Dogs, Turkey Legs, Hot Link on a Bun, and Ice Cream.

Plano Balloon Festival attendees can bring blankets and chairs to sit and watch the balloon launches from the grassy viewing area. Although coolers are not prohibited at the festival, they are discouraged, since the non-profit organizations benefit from the sales made at the event.

The admission fee to the Plano Balloon Festival is $5 per person for one-time admission; $8 per person for a two-time admission; seniors over 65 get a $1 discount, and children under 36″ are free.

On site parking for the balloon festival is available at the Collin County Community College Spring Creek campus, Oak Point Recreation Center, and First United Methodist Church for $10 a car. Off site parking is available for $5 at the Plano Centre and Collin Creek Church.

For more information about this family oriented fun event, or to see current photos of balloons scheduled to participate this year and from past years, visit the official Plano Balloon Festival website at www.planoballoonfest.org or call 972-867-7566.

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