UPDATE: Weather dampens Saturday festivities in Canton

Hot air balloon festival in Canton, Miss. - 2016 (Photo: WJTV)
UPDATE: (7/1/2017) –  According to the Canton Tourism Facebook page, the glow, bands and fireworks for Saturday evening are cancelled because of weather. Organizers are working to reschedule the festivities for another time.

CANTON, Miss. (WJTV) – The 32nd Annual Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest returns to Canton.

Festivities kicked off Thursday, June 29th. They run through Sunday, July 2nd.

The event features more than 25 hot air balloons that come in different shapes and sizes. Some of those unique balloons include a 190-foot space shuttle named Patriot, a lighthouse that stands at 115 feet tall and an American flag that stands at 53 feet tall and 78 feet wide.

Friday night, there’s a balloon glow in Ridgeland. Events kick off at Northpark Mall at 6 p.m. The balloon glow starts at 7:45 p.m. It will be followed by live entertainment and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Weather permitting, those balloons will fly over Canton on Saturday, July 1st. Those activities begin at 6 p.m. and end with a firework show at 9:30 p.m.

And on Sunday, July 2nd, the hot air balloons will take to the skies for a flying competition. That kicks off at the Canton Multi-Purpose Complex at 7 a.m.

Here’s a full list of events for review: Mississippi’s Champion Hot Air Balloon Fest

Canton Tourism works with the City of Canton, The City of Ridgeland, Mid-Mississippi Balloon Association and The Good Samaritan Center to put on the event.

You can also check out the Canton Tourism Facebook page for more updates. Just click here.

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