Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Festival of flight this weekend

 (Pictures in slide show are photos I have taken in Wesley Chapel)

While Wesley Chapel typically is fortunate to enjoy scenes of hot air balloons on most weekends, on October 19-20 we will have an opportunity to see them (and a whole lot more) up close at the Tampa North Flight Center.  This airport is located in Lutz at 4241 Birdsong (located west of I-75 and south of Wesley Chapel Blvd).

From the airport's Facebook page:

"American Balloons, a hot air balloon ride company and Tampa North Flight Center are hosting the Grand Opening for the newly renovated Tampa North Aeropark and the Happy Hangar Café. We will have sponsors displaying their items, hot air balloon launch on Saturday and Sunday with a Hot air Balloon Glow on Saturday Evening. Planes flying in all day and a wonderful Kite Display from Kiting TampaBay and live music and aerial displays."

Here is the schedule of events published on the event's website:  http://www.festivalofflightwesleychapel.com/ 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

7:00 AM                       Hot Air Balloon Launch

8:00 - 9:00 AM            Vendors Open

9:00 AM                       Open Runway for Fly-In Aircraft

9:00 AM                       Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron – Civil Air Patrol  - OPEN HOUSE and Activity
9:00 - 12:00PM          Kites and Bubble Demo
10:00 AM                   Hot Air Balloon Tether Rides (Weather Permitting)
11:00 AM                   Hot Air Balloon Tether Rides (Weather Permitting)
12:00 PM                    Delta Flyer Demonstration
12:30 - 1:30 PM         A Moment with The Classics - James A Williams Performance
1:00 PM                      Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron – Civil Air Patrol  - OPEN HOUSE and Activity
2:30 PM                      Parachute Demo Team(pending)
4:00 PM                      Tethered Balloon Rides (Weather Permitting)
5:30 PM                      Delta Flyer Demo
7:00 - 9:00 PM           Live Performance By Harold Jones Entertainment
7:00 - 9:00 PM           Hot Air Balloon Night Glow (Runway closed)
* Live Bands Playing Throughout the Day
* Food Served All Day
Sunday October 20, 2013

7:00 AM                        Hot Air Balloon Launch
9:00 AM                        Plane Fly-In
10:00 AM                      Music, Planes and Vendors Open
11:00 AM                      Balloon Awards Ceremony
12:00 PM                       Festival Closed
If you go, I suggest you go early and WITH CHAIRS!  Birdsong is not a road that looks like it can accommodate a lot of traffic.

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