34th Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Race

The festival is looking for volunteers.

34th Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Race
Source: Canton Balloon Fest 2019

Madison County, Miss. (WLBT) - People from all over the world are coming to the metro to compete in next month’s hot air balloon festival in Madison County.

This will be the 34th year for the Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Race. It helps the local economy in Madison County as part of the festival is held in Ridgeland and Canton.

34th Mississippi Hot Air Balloon Race; source: WLBT
34th Mississippi Hot Air Balloon Race; source: WLBT

This year, there will be 21 pilots competing for prizes and bragging rights. Some pilots bring their own crew, but festival organizers like to provide extra people. That’s why they’re asking for volunteers. If you’re interested, the Executive Director of Canton Tourism explains exactly what you will be doing.

“You get to know the pilot. He teaches you his balloon, because each balloon is different. He’ll teach you how to unpack his balloon and how to set his balloon up. Then what the fun part to me is you jump in a van and chase that balloon, because you never know which way its going to go according to the wind. You follow that balloon. Once he lands, you go catch him, and you lower the balloon down and go pack it up.”

To volunteer, call 601-859-1307.

Or go to Canton Tourism website and fill out a form.

The festival is July 4 thru the 7th.

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