Anderson Co. Hosts Hot Air Balloon Festival to Support Cancer Patients

WILLIAMSTON, SC (WSPA) – Hot air balloons soar this Labor Day weekend during the 4th annual Hot Air Affair in Anderson County. Its main goal is to let people know that they can overcome cancer.

Barbecues, snow cones, bouncy castles and hot air balloons brought people together at Williamston Ballfields.

However, the main reason for the event is to spread the love and support of the Anderson Cancer Association.

Anderson Cancer Association director Angie Stringer said, “We are a grassroots organization, we help local people. Everything we raise stays in Anderson County.

Each year, they offer cancer patients and survivors an unforgettable experience, allowing them to strap in or fly away in a hot air balloon.

Stringer says it’s a way to distract from everything they’ve been through battling cancer.

For Kim Strickland, being a breast cancer survivor makes days like Saturday even more special.

“I can’t even explain how I felt when I went up. It had been months of treatment, surgery, radiation therapy. I couldn’t even get in, they had to pick me up and put me in the ball in the basket, but when I got up there, it was the greatest peace I’ve had in months,” he said. said Strickland.

On Sundays and Mondays there will be no food trucks or vendors, but you can still see the hot air balloons in the sky at sunrise and sunset.

The hot air balloon release schedule may change due to weather, but you can keep up to date here.