Labor Day Weekend Balloon Festival takes off in Vonore

VONORE, Tenn. (WATE) – The skies above Vonore will be filled with hot air balloons this Labor Day weekend as the 9th annual Monroe Life Balloon Festival takes flight at the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum.

The nonprofit event is a fundraiser to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Monroe County. The fun is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4.

Admission is $10 per person, with children 4 and under admitted free. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

More than 800 children are registered with the club, according to Staci Dean, director of northern operations. “We average about 300 kids after school and about 250 in the summer a day…and that’s just Monroe County.”

A balloon burst set to music will take place at dusk each day, organizers said.

Around forty arts and crafts vendors selected by a jury are expected. Live music, food, games and an inflatable children’s area and more. Captive rides will be offered for $20 per person from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting.

Balloonists from across the country will be present with their unique balloons. A new ball at the event this year is “Daz”, a 110-foot-tall Tasmanian devil that weighs around 480 pounds.