32nd annual Balloon Festival begins in Plainville

The annual Balloon Festival begins Friday night. (WFSB)

The 32nd annual Balloon Festival began in Plainville Friday.

The festival is expected to run through Sunday on South Washington Street.

The event is sponsored the Plainville Fire Company.

Jim Lenois, who is co-chair for the festival, said the event comes at a great time.

"It's the last weekend of the summer before the kids go back to school. I think balloons fascinate people. We are fascinated by them so it's kind of been our thing for 32 years," said Lenois.

Although the event has been a success in years past, organizers are making some changes this year.

"We've done a few things differently. We are not allowing any onsite parking except for staff and handicapped. All off-site parking and busing people in this year," said Lenois.

The locations for busing are at Robertson Airport, Carling Technology, Plainville High School and G.E.

Lenois said the change is in an effort to minimize congestion and force traffic through other locations.

On Friday the event will run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

On Saturday, the food booth will open at 5:30 a.m. There will be even including live performances and a car show before the balloon launch at 6 p.m.

On Sunday, the last balloon launch will begin at 6 a.m. and the festival will end at 9 a.m.

The majority of money raised will go back towards the community.

"We give away scholarships, and the only money we make is at the food tent. It's something that's important to us. Come down and have a burger to help the town," said Lenois.

More information is available on the festival's website.

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