We are excited to announce that the Canton Tourism office will now be hosting the 32nd annual Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Festival, June 29th – July 2nd. Dozens of hot air balloons will lead a fun-filled weekend for children and adults of all ages. The three-day event will include several competitive balloon races and fun flights, two spectacular balloon glows, two incredible firework presentations, children’s activities, great food, and great entertainment.
Canton Tourism in collaboration with The City of Canton, The City of Ridgeland, the Mid-Mississippi Balloon Association and The Good Samaritan Center, invite you to the 32nd Annual Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Race and Festival.
If you would like to be involved in this event as a volunteer or as sponsor please don’t hesitate to contact us.
The Launch Party on Canton’s Historic Square, Thursday night June 29th
The Celebrate America Balloon Glow and fireworks will be held in Ridgeland at Northpark Mall on Friday night, June 30th.
The Balloon Chase Run Walk, 4 Mile Run/2 Mile Walk, will be held at the Canton Multi Purpose Center on Saturday, July 1st.
The Canton Balloon Glow & Patriotic Fireworks Spectacular will be held at the Canton Multi Purpose Center on Saturday night, July 1st.
Take part in The Good Samaritan Center’s, 8th Annual Golf Ball Drop!
What’s a Golf Ball Drop and how does it work? First, you have to buy a ball (all will be numbered up to 1000). Then at the Canton Balloon Glow Saturday night a hot air balloon will take the balls up in air and drop all of the balls onto the balloon glow field. The closest ball to the target or hole will win $2,000! Simple as that.
You do not have to be present to win! And your purchase is tax deductible! Online sales closed Saturday, the 1st at Noon. Balls may be purchased up until the drop happen down at the event site!
The 5th Annual Balloon Chase consists of an un-timed 10 mile or 30 mile Bike Ride 4 Mile Run, 2 Mile Walk or Kids One Mile Fun Run complete with Hot Air Balloons.
Participants receive an awesome t-shirt, race medal, post-race spread and the opportunity to run with Balloons flying overhead. For more info visit our Run/Walk Page.
We have a number of pictures from the 2012 festival posted on flickr: