As you head to work in the morning in Natchez, be sure to look up! The sky will be painted with hot air balloons, taking flight with local media stations and reporters. At 7:00pm, Rosalie Mansion opens its gates, and will be a particularly wonderful evening for children. After the spectacular balloon glow, brilliant fireworks will erupt over the Great Mississippi. Once the show is complete, Ben Lewis & Co. will hit the stage while families dance the night away.
Another early balloon flight begins at 7:30am. You can be anywhere in the city and have an excellent view of the floating colors in the sky. Throughout the afternoon on the grounds of Rosalie, bands will play every few hours, and the balloons actually fly right over the festival around 4:30pm. Rachel Price Lott, who serves on the Publicity Committee of the Race, says, “Flock to the festival sight in the afternoon, because you are guaranteed to see a balloon! They are everywhere – it is almost surreal. Then Irma Thomas, The Revivalists and Soul Asylum will treat the crowds to fantastic music.”
The last competitive flight soars over Natchez early in the morning. The gates of Rosalie open at noon, and country acts will perform throughout the day, including hits by Hannah Belle and Josh Thompson.
Rachel says, “The Balloon Race is such a fun time. We try to think of everything and make it a great event for all ages. We are praying for beautiful weather and hoping for a wonderful, memorable weekend!”