Carolina BalloonFest In Statesville, NC
To air is human, especially at the annual Carolina BalloonFest in Statesville. The event has been held since 1974, making it the second-oldest balloon rally in the nation. The three-day festival in October occurs at Statesville Regional Airport with more than 50 hot air balloons and 50,000 spectators in attendance. Highlights of the weekend include a 50-balloon mass ascension, a nighttime balloon glow and hot air balloon rides. Besides ballooning, attractions include live music, a kids zone, wine tasting, Market Place food booths and an Artisan Village arts and crafts area. Admission in the past has been $10 teens/adults, $5 ages 6-12 and free admission for ages 5 and under.