Balloons, Blues and Bar-B-Que
Join us for Blythewood’s annual Balloons, Blues & BBQ Festival!
Blythewood, SC (September 14, 2011) - The 2011 Balloons, Blues and BBQ will kick off on Friday, October 28 at 3 p.m. The colorful and brilliantly decorated hot air balloons will light up the sky as darkness falls across the land. If you haven’t witnessed the breathtaking spectacle of a collection of giant balloons, don’t miss this opportunity. The event is held on the scenic and spacious private property adjacent to the Blythewood Community Center, 311 Blythewood Road. Last year’s event drew an incredible response and this year’s two day event promises to be even better with 20 colorful hot air balloons, 18 competing professional BBQ teams and array of Blues Music.
The “Balloons, Blues and BBQ Festival” is a real tribute to Blythewood as people are drawn to the event from all over the region,” says Henry Hunter, Blythewood’s town public information officer. “The gathering is a celebration of Blythewood’s heritage with the colorful balloons, traditional Southern cuisine, soulful blues music and camaraderie.”
Friday night come for the “Sampling”. Guests will enjoy a variety of food from the BBQ contestants when they serve “Anything Butt” – meaning anything but BBQ as they prepare for the next day’s Bar-B-Que competition. The cost for sampling six items is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children. Tickets must be purchased at the Blythewood Tent. On Saturday bring your kids in their Halloween Costumes to hear spooky stories and Trick or Treat among the venders. This year guests are encouraged to come in costume for a costume competition for both kids and adults, judged by secret judges moving throughout the crowd Saturday night. Numerous venders and booths will have tricks and treats for children of all ages, and prizes will be awarded for the best costume in different age groups. Tethered balloon rides that go 25 to 30 feet up in the air will be available Friday and Saturday.
The official BBQ Cook Off will begin as Friday evening’s events conclude. With over 8,000 people expected to attend this two day event, Saturday’s festivities begin at sunrise with “The Hare and the Hound” balloon race. Each hot air balloon will navigate towards a painted ‘X’ in the field and try to drop a bag of grits onto the mark. The balloonist whose bag is closest to the ‘X’ wins a cash prize.
The fun continues throughout the day with food, venders, tethered balloon rides, special events and music, music, music!