By Cristi McKee
TALLAHASSEE, Fla — This year’s Tallahassee Balloon Festival has been further postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. Originally slated to take place on March 20, 2020, and March 21, 2020, the event was then rescheduled to Friday, July 17, 2020, and Saturday, July 18, 2020. Now, the 2-day long festival will take place on September 11, 2020, and September 12, 2020.
“We have been working very hard with state and local officials to make sure this event conforms with COVID-19 health procedures and is safe,” the festival explained on Facebook. “As we all know, cases of COVID 19 have been increasing in Florida. Based on requests from local & state Health Department officials as well as many of you have given input on our July 17th & 18th date being VERY HOT, we have decided to postpone this event until September 11th &12th 2020.”
All pre-purchased tickets for the previously canceled events are valid for the September 11 and 12 festival dates. “Just bring your existing tickets..,no change is necessary,” the festival noted. “All pre-purchased tickets not used at the September 11th & 12th festival will good for the March 2021 Tallahassee Balloon Festival,” they also said. Tickets can be purchased online, here.
Hosted by the North Florida Fair and the Tallahassee Balloon Festival, this event will be held on site at the North Florida Fairgrounds, which is located at 441 Paul Russell Road. The family-friendly event will include hot air balloon rides, food vendors, live music from local artists, laser shows, and more. A kid’s zone with bounce houses, mechanical bulls, trains, bungee jumps, and more will also be on site. The Kids Zone requires tickets ranging in price from $1-$15 for unlimited rides.
A 1-hour long laser and music show, accompanied by “visually stunning coordinated burns by the hot air balloons,” will begin.“Bring your blankets, chairs and umbrellas and set up your own viewing spot!” the hosts encourage. In addition to the food, shows, music, games, rides, and balloon viewings, craft and retail vendors will also be selling their products.
“Thank you all for working with us and understanding that the COVID-19 virus pandemic is not something we can control,” the festival said. “We look forward to having a fantastic annual Hot Air Balloon event in beautiful Tallahassee.”