2018 Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest

June 28th – 30th 2018

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We are excited to announce that the Canton Tourism office will now be hosting the 33rd annual Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Festival, June 28th – June 30th. 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 33nd 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.

Our Main Events

The Launch Party on Canton’s Historic Square, Thursday night June 28th

The Celebrate America Balloon Glow and fireworks will be held in Ridgeland at Northpark Mall on Friday night, June 29th.

The Balloon Chase Run Walk (2 or 4 mile) & Bike Ride (10 or 30 mile), will be held at the Canton Multi Purpose Center on Saturday, June 30th.

The Canton Balloon Glow featuring Special Shape Balloon Tall Steve the Penguin & Fireworks Spectacular will be held at the Canton Multi Purpose Center on Saturday night, June 30th.

Click Here to See the Full Schedule of Events!

golfball_200Golf Ball Drop Fundraiser

Take part in The Good Samaritan Center’s, 9th 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 $5,000! Simple as that.

You do not have to be present to win and your purchase is tax deductible! Don’t miss your shot at $5,000 get your lucky ball!

Online sales have closed for this event, but balls are available down at the Balloon Fest site up until the drop happens at approx. 8pm on June 30th.

balloonchase_bike_200Balloon Chase Run Walk & Bike Ride

The 6th 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!

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











These Partners invite you to enjoy the Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest