Sunny skies for the Memorial Balloon Festival, Saturday to Monday

LOUISBURG, North Carolina – After bad weather canceled Friday’s opening events, the 2022 First Fruits Farm Hot Air Balloon Festival will resume as scheduled on Saturday and run through Monday – so Memorial Day weekend can still be full of fun in high-flying family, as well as a solemn thank you to fallen military heroes.

The festival at 832 Mort Harris Road promises three days of rides, food, music and demonstrations, and of course the nighttime glow of balloons, to mark the holiday. WRAL is a proud sponsor.

Spend the evening watching the sky. There will be a massive hot air balloon ascent and landing by a team of veteran skydivers before sunset, followed by a balloon glow and fireworks.

Saturday is an all-day affair, with music ranging from swing and country to pipes and drums, food and demonstrations starting at noon. Walk around in a balloon on the ground to get a sense of scale and program your own captive ride.

A full day of remembrance begins Sunday at noon and is highlighted by praise and worship with the Tommy Niemans Band and a 5km Suicide Awareness Walk. Spend time in the Memorial Flag Garden. Plant a flag and personalize it with names, scriptures or a photo to remember your hero.

Monday is a short day as the balloons take off and a closing ceremony marks the Memorial Day holiday.

Tickets start at $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12. It is also possible to camp on the site starting at $175.

Thousands of people gather at Fleming Loop Park in Fuquay-Varina, NC on Friday, May 27 for the 2016 WRAL Freedom Balloon Festival. The festival featured live music, food, games, rides in addition to 35 beautiful hot air balloons.  (Photo by: Lexi Baird /

First Fruits Farm spans 1,000 acres of rolling hills, ponds, open pastures and fields where Jason Brown settled after a successful NFL career to give back to the community. During the 2022 First Fruits Farm Memorial Balloon Festival, it will host a makers market, performance stage, beer garden, midway and, of course, balloon drop zones where pilots can show off their skills.