2016 Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest

June 30th – July 3rd 2016


This year is the 31st Anniversary of the Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest! Don’t miss, 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.

The City of Canton Parks and Recreation in collaboration with Canton Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Mid-Mississippi Balloon Association and The Good Samaritan Center, invite you to the 31st Annual Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Race and Festival.

The Festival is fund-raiser for the Good Samaritan Center Inc. If you would like to be involved in this event as a volunteer or as sponsor please don’t hesitate to contact us.

gsc_bannerx235.jpgOur Main Events

The Celebrate America Balloon Glow and fireworks will be held in Ridgeland at Northpark Mall on Friday night, July 1st.

The Balloon Chase Run Walk, 4 Mile Run/2 Mile Walk, will be held at the Canton Multi Purpose Center on Saturday, July 2nd.

The Canton Balloon Glow & Patriotic Fireworks Spectacular will be held at the Canton Multi Purpose Center on Saturday night, July 2nd.

Click Here to See the Full Schedule of Events!

golfball_200Golf Ball Drop Fundraiser

Take part in The Good Samaritan Center’s, 7th 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 festival 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 2nd at Noon. Balls may be purchased up until the drop happen down at the event site!

balloonchase_bike_200Balloon Chase Run Walk & Bike Ride

The 4th 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.

Enjoy Past Pictures!

To the left, Oggy the Friendly Dragon, Jack in the Box and Pandy the Panda at the 2008 Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest. The Good Samaritan Center thanks everyone involved in the festival for their support and four days of fun. We hope to see you again next year!

We have a number of pictures from the 2012 festival posted on flickr:


Thanks to our sponsors. They make this event possible:

All proceeds from this festival benefits The Good Samaritan Center.