If there’s a North Carolina event that is a must, it’s the Carolina Balloon Fest in Statesville on October 18 through October 20. For three days, hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes color the sky. Don’t be surprised to see Yoda, Darth Vader or even the Wicked Witch of the West floating by! Balloons launch twice a day, depending on the wind, but there’s plenty to do in-between, including wine and craft beer tastings, tethered balloon rides, a pilot meet-and-greet and so much more. Pack up chairs or a blanket and plan to spend the entire day having fun. Visit carolinaballoonfest.com for daily ticket prices and parking information.
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