Northwest Georgia Hot Air Balloon Festival - Menlo, GA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
N 34° 28.967 W 085° 27.207
16S E 642013 N 3816773
Quick Description: The Northwest Georgia Hot Air Balloon Festival is held the beautiful North Georgia Mountains in Menlo, Georgia, USA.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 5/14/2009 1:59:59 AM
Waymark Code: WM6CM9
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Thorny1
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Long Description:
The 2009 festival was held on May 15, 16, and 17th at the Tillotson Field on Highway 48 in Menlo, Georgia, to benefit the Menlo Recreation Department, Chattooga County Tourism Board, Best Glove Silver Club Scholorship Fund, and the City of Menlo Fire Department.

In addition to being a hot air balloon festival, this event also offers carnival rides and games, live entertainment, a craft show and vendors, tethered balloon rides, a rock climbing wall, and a mechanical bull.

Hours: Friday, Saturday 9AM to Close. Sunday 12-Close

Cost: FREE! Nominal parking fee per car will be collected

Additional information is available on the NW Georgia Balloon Festival website.

We arrived dark and early on Saturday morning to watch one of the two morning balloon launches during the festival, but it was cancelled due to fog. Unfortunately we didn't have time to hang out until the 6pm launch. We did talk with some of the balloonists while waiting to see if the morning launch was going to happen or get scrapped. They told us they successfully launched the previous afternoon, along with the Energizer Bunny balloon, a pair of bumble bees, and several other balloons. Sure wish we could have been there for that!

FYI - if you take at look at the Menlo area in MapSource/nRoute, the town's boundary is the shape of a balloon! Very cool.
Date(s): From: 5/15/2009 To: 5/17/2009

Number of Balloons in Attendence: Not Listed

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