Lake Red Rock to host 9th annual Balloonfest

Journal-Express file photoA night glow from balloons lined up during last year's Balloonfest at Lake Red Rock.

The Red Rock Lake Association, Red Rock Army Corps of Engineers, and Pella and Knoxville community partners are in preparation for the 9th Annual Lake Red Rock Balloon Fest.

Thirty-eight hot air balloons, pilots and their crews will command the event as they soar over the Red Rock Lake area painting the sky with a landscape of color. From their launch sites around the lake, their goal is to float directly over the North Overlook Beach at Red Rock Dam for crowds in the viewing area on the beach.

Scheduled activities for the weekend include balloon launches at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13. Additionally, there will be morning launches at approximately 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14.

Additional activities to enjoy include Steve McLain band performing on Friday night from 6-10 p.m. and the Rock Bottom Band from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday at North Overlook Beach. Food vendors will be on hand both nights. There will also be crafts for the kids and night glows after dusk, with a lighted boat parade Saturday evening.

Saturday, July 13 offers the annual 5K/10K FUNdraiser Cross-Country Run. Sign-ups are available at www.redrocklakeballoonfest.com. North Overlook Beach also serves as the location for the run and pancake breakfast. Enjoy a free "Let's go Paddling" experience offered along the shore of the beach plus many other family activities throughout the day.

Celebrate Lake Red Rock and Red Rock Dam 50th Anniversary with a rededication on the beach Saturday evening, July 13 at 5:30. Anniversary cake and giveaways for the crowd.

All events are weather-permitting.