balloon_1On my daughter’s and my recent road trip through the state of North Carolina, we stumbled upon a great little festival, the Carolina Balloonfest, and a wonderful town that hosts it each year in October.

Stateville, North Carolina is a friendly and charming little town not too far from Hickory where all the beautiful famous furniture is made and sold.

This three day Carolina Balloonfest event is truly a blast and offers the perfect opportunity to watch about 50 beautiful and uniquely decorated and designed balloons. Or if you are more adventurous you can book a reservation to ride in one like we did. We had the time of our lives!

Live music, entertainment, wine tasting, a kids’ play zone, along with arts and crafts make this a real fun time for everyone who attends. With free parking you may want to come early and stay late like we chose to do.

balloon_4What a great time!

The first day is on a Friday and it’s Fan Appreciation Day with Free Admission.

They have a Balloon Glow on Saturday night.

You’ll want to bring your lawn chairs and blankets so you can really kick back and enjoy the entire festivity. Just watching the gorgeous, colorful and patriotic balloons as they are inflated into enormous colorful spectacles, is a thrill in and of itself.

But should you decide to go for a ride, the views and the experience are incomporable.

We stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott in Statesville. The staff there were exceptionally friendly and helpful, the property was meticulously clean and our room was very comfortable, spacious, and had all the amenities to make us fee right at home.

We throughly enjoyed our little getaway to Statesville and plan to go back as soon as we can.

We now see hot air balloons from a different perspective and anytime we see them in the sky we will surely think of our new friends in Statesville.

balloon_5Carolina Balloonfest, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
October 21 – 23, 2011

Admission: age 5 & under FREE, age 6-12 $5, teens/adults $10

Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate.