Below is the Press Release concerning the popular balloon glow at Northpark Mall. (Press release taken from US 96.3's website)
CELEBRATE AMERICA BALLOON GLOW JULY 1, 2016
Good music, beautiful hot air balloons, and spectacular fireworks will again provide an evening’s entertainment for the entire family at this year’s Celebrate America Balloon Glow. Barksdale Cadillac and Ridgeland Recreation & Parks are proud to present this Independence Day tradition. The twenty-sixth annual celebration will take place on Friday, July 1 at Northpark Mall’s balloon glow field, with plenty of parking around the mall for the thousands who gather each year.
The Celebrate America Balloon Glow, the opening event of the Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Race and Festival in Canton, provides the opportunity to witness approximately twenty hot air balloons of all colors twinkle and glow in the dusk of a summer evening. There’s much more to the Balloon Glow than just balloons. The event actually begins on Monday, June 27 and Tuesday, June 28 with the Karaoke Contest at Burgers & Blues. The winners of those preliminary rounds will advance to the finals on Wednesday, June 29. The winner then has the opportunity to open the evening’s entertainment on July 1st from the main stage.
The entertainment continues with William Michael Morgan, the tall, easy-going, unfailingly polite 22-year old from Vicksburg, Mississippi. Country fans will get their introduction to Morgan with “I Met a Girl,” his sweetly romantic debut single. Old and new, fast and slow, steel and piano, the song will give fans exact GPS coordinates of where Morgan is coming from.
Our Master of Ceremonies will then guide our balloonists through a series of balloon glow sequences that will captivate the crowd. Be sure to have your cameras ready!
Following the balloon glow, fans will enjoy a performance by Shenandoah. Original members, Marty Raybon and Mike McGuire have reunited to launch a new chapter in Shenandoah’s storied career. After spending 17 years apart, they are back on the stage like they never stopped. The band inked a deal with Columbia Records and established a national fan base with their self-titled debut in 1987. However, it was the band’s sophomore effort, The Road Not Taken that spawned their first top ten hits – “She Doesn’t Cry Anymore” and “Mama Knows.” Shenandoah followed with three consecutive No. 1 hits – “Church on Cumberland Road,” “Sunday in the South” and “Two Dozen Roses.” Shenandoah became known for delivering songs that celebrated the importance of faith and family while reveling in the joys of small town life. In 1991, Shenandoah won Academy of Country Music’s Vocal Group of the Year.
Throughout the evening, vendors will be on hand to provide various types of food for attendees, including favorites such as barbecue, corn dogs, chicken-on-a-stick, and funnel cakes. Children’s activities are available throughout the evening at the Simon Kidgits Carnival area, free to Northpark Kidgits Club members. Activities include inflatable obstacle courses, jumps, face painting and other children’s favorites. For more information about the Kidgits Club, go to www.simon.com.
Admission to the Celebrate America Balloon Glow, as always, is free. Come join the fun as we celebrate America! Event kicks off at 6:00 p.m. William Michael Morgan performs at 6:30 p.m. Balloon Glow will begin around 7:45 p.m. Shenandoah takes the stage at 8:15 p.m. Fireworks close out the night at 9:30 p.m.
Further details may be obtained by contacting the Ridgeland Recreation & Parks Department at 601-853-2011, or by visiting the Facebook pages of Ridgeland Recreation & Parks and the City of Ridgeland.
Schedule of Activities 6:00 Welcome and Introductions 6:05 Karaoke Contest Winner 6:30 William Michael Morgan 7:45 Balloon Glow 8:15 Shenandoah 9:30 Fireworks