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, Brave Combo and Dallas Wayde 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, zip lining, and carnival rides and pet 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.
The Race2Rescue Crazy Colorful Fun 5k is an important event for Rescue Her, the nonprofit organization founded by Josie Carignan to put an end to human trafficking. Her organization’s mission revolves around two things: raise awareness about the problem and raise money to solve the problem. One of Rescue Her's main initiatives—and the reason why the Race2Rescue Crazy Colorful Fun 5k is so important—is to use the profits from the run to build a safe house in Chennai, India, to shelter women and children from human traffickers.
As part of a premiere PADI five-star National Geographic instructor-development center, International Scuba’s team trains underwater explorers in a variety of courses that range from snorkeling and skin diving to open-water and rescue diving. The heated, indoor salt-water pool accommodates divers from ages 8 and older, and equipment packages ensure all students are outfitted for their dives. Beyond the student level, divers can also earn their master scuba-diver certification, thus becoming teachers themselves.
Students who master any of these levels can then elect a related specialty allowing them to dive under the ice, discover underwater wrecks, snap photographs of marine life, and help protect coral reefs from predatory plastic bags. Students who have completed their desired level of training but want to venture forth with a group can also participate in a trip diving in locations abroad and in 30 rivers, quarries, and beaches in and around Texas.
Big Boar Tactical doesn't train their clientele on a typical gun range with stationary, paper targets. Instead, their trainers—each of whom has more than 12 years of professional armed bodyguard experience—take beginner shooters outdoors, where they move through a series of obstacles and shoot multiple targets set to various heights, distances, and parallel dimensions. Each drill teaches a relevant skill, from learning to draw a gun and move and shoot during the intro to handgun class to honing one-handed accuracy and using cover and concealment during the tactical combat handgun training course. Instructors can also help customers obtain concealed handgun licenses or master the use of various other firearms, including shotguns and rifles.
Sponsored by Dr. Pepper, the Dallas Cup XXXII excites audiences by providing a soccer showcase for the world’s most talented youth players. Over the course of seven days, teams from seven age groups will compete for a Dallas Cup championship with the hopes of etching their name in tournament history, leaving with international bragging rights and increased odds for future hacky sack careers. Delight in the family-friendly atmosphere of Pizza Hut Park while future soccer stars pass, dribble, and headball paneled orbs past the outstretched arms of leaping goalies and overzealous parents. Several games will be decided on each day of the tournament, and fans can consult the schedule to see when games will be played.