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Festival Outing for Two, Four, or Eight at Celina Balloon Festival & Family Fun Day

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Vibrant balloons festoon heavens morning & night as songs from Jolie Holliday drift past whirling rides, petting zoo & car show

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Expires Nov 5th, 2011. Valid only for option purchased. Valid only for event on 11/4/11 and 11/5/11. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

In the 1930s, the U.S. government issued a hobby to each citizen to keep them entertained until NASA finished working out the bugs in kissing. Self-determine a new pastime with today's Groupon to the Celina Balloon Festival & Family Fun Day. The festival is scheduled to unfold Friday, November 4–Saturday, November 5. Choose from the following options:

  • For $12, you get a festival outing for two (up to a $25 total value) that includes:

    • Two admissions (up to a $5 value each)
    • 10 ride tickets (up to a $1 value each)
    • A one-day parking pass (a $5 value)

  • For $20, you get a festival outing for four (up to a $43 total value) that includes:

    • Four admissions (up to a $4.50 value each)
    • 20 ride tickets (up to a $1 value each)
    • A one-day parking pass (a $5 value)

  • For $35, you get a festival outing for eight (up to a $76 total value) that includes:
    • Eight admissions (up to a $4.50 value each)
    • 30 ride tickets (up to a $1 value each)
    • Two one-day parking pass (a $5 value each)

Celina Balloon Festival & Family Fun Day, presented by Automation Integration and Texas Health Resources, festoons the firmament with vibrant inflatables and adorns the earth below with carnival rides, live bands, and concessions. After Friday's 5 p.m. opening ceremony, hot-air balloons roar and launch into the sunset at 6:30 p.m. Country star Jolie Holliday serenades the wingless migration, and rockers The Klanks fuel the ballooning merriment until midnight with gritty rock and lungs full of hot air.

Early birds catch an 8 a.m. liftoff on Saturday, rewarded with dainties and baubles from vendors such as Lauren's Gourmet. Having blown through their ride tickets, kids can receive airbrushed tattoos from Kreative Kat, who colors over cheeks flushed from the Big Swing and Anti-Gravity rides. Visitors stroll through the petting zoo, where goats can find out what a real human feels like, then zoom though the car show, sponsored by Parts Plus. Local musicians strum and croon throughout the day, pausing for the final balloon flight, and at 9 p.m. for the laser light show, when a blaze of light beams and confused migratory birds transform the heavens into a reeling kaleidoscope.

Celina Balloon Festival

Whether grounded or airborne, balloons dominate the festivities at Old Celina Park. On the ground, the vibrantly patterned balloons glow and undulate as propane burners pump them with hot air. These bright shapes slowly diminish to colorful specks in the sky as the balloons ascend, leaving the fairgrounds far behind.

With this canopy of colored dots overhead, the festival’s entertainment comes alive as musical acts such as the Emerald City Band performing on Friday and Eleven Hundred Springs performing on Saturday take the stage. Pristine cars and trucks made as early as the 1930s shine at the classic-car show, inflatables promote adrenaline rushes along with helicopter rides, human hamster balls, a 200 ft. zip line, a western show, more than 100 vendors, and carnival rides and dog adoptions in Adoption Alley tug on heartstrings. In the evening, when the balloons that have served as a backdrop all day finally land, each pilot contributes to the balloon glow, punctuating the dusk with jets of flame from their burners to illuminate their vessels.


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    12670 FM 428

    Celina, Texas 75009

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