Rain Or Shine, Soar NWA Hot Air Balloon Festival Takes Off In Fayetteville On Saturday

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — Balloon rides, helicopter rides and even skydiving will be available for patrons of Fayetteville’s balloon festival on Saturday.

Despite a chance of showers Saturday morning, the event will still take place, though balloons may not be able to go up if there are high winds or rain in the area, organizers said on the event’s Facebook page. But there will be plenty of other features and events to enjoy, from a classic car show to live musical entertainment to a beer garden and more than a dozen food trucks.

The event kicks off at 7 a.m. Saturday with a pancake breakfast at the Arkansas Air & Military Museum, as well as a kid zone and tethered balloon rides (weather permitting). A beer garden will be available for the adults from noon-9:30 p.m., and a car show begins at 10 a.m.

In addition to watching balloons take off and land in the area, attendees can also take part in helicopter rides. Skydiving will also be offered, but pre-registration is required. Both events are also weather permitting.

A skydiving show will take place at 6 p.m., and a balloon glow (weather permitting) will happen at 8 p.m. A balloon pilot meet and greet starts at 6:45 p.m.

The event will include a long lineup of musical acts as well, including Island Pacific Dancers, Dandelion Heart, Take Cover and Jenna and the Soul Shakers, as well as the headliner act, Randall Shreve & the Devilles at 8:30 p.m.

The event will offer free and paid shuttle service, as parking is limited at Drake Field.

The event concludes at 10 p.m.

A full list of events and entertainment acts, as well as parking information, is available on the Soar NWA website.

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