TOWNSEND, Tenn. – After hosting 10,000 attendees last year, the Great Smoky Mountains Hot Air Balloon Festival returns 3-9 p.m. Aug. 18 to the Townsend Visitors Center. The event is free and open to the public.
An exciting new addition for 2018 will be tethered balloon rides. Attendees will have the opportunity to ride and enjoy the beautiful scenery from hot air balloons, weather permitting.
Families can enjoy kid-friendly activities, live entertainment, crafters demonstrating and selling their artwork, delectable food from the food truck court, wine tastings by Nine Lakes Wine Country and local craft beer. There will also be a balloon glow.
Tickets for the wine tasting will be available on-site for $10 and include a commemorative wine glass and six-compartment wine tote with purchase. Due to popularity, parking for the event is $20 online or $25 the day of the event.
Due to the popularity of the event, attendees are encouraged to book their travel plans to Blount County and the Townsend area in advance. For a list of accommodations, places to eat and things to do in Blount County, attendees can visit www.smokymountains.org/plan-your-trip.
For more information on the Great Smoky Mountains Hot Air Balloon Festival, visit www.gsmballoonfest.com.
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