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Festival Celebrates Hot Air

The longest running balloon festival on the East Coast takes place in Statesville.

The 34th annual festival‚ now known as the Carolina Balloon Fest‚ is set for Oct. 26-28‚ 2007‚ at Statesville Regional Airport. The weekend extravaganza is a family-oriented event. Highlights include the sight of 50 colorful balloons floating through the air.

There’s also a wine festival‚ live musical entertainment‚ children’s fun zone and NASCAR pit-crew challenges. Admission is $5.00‚ and parking is free.

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