The Wilson County Balloon and Music Festival, originally scheduled for Labor Day weekend at the Lebanon Municipal Airport, is being moved forward to the spring of 2016. The exact date will be announced in the next few weeks.
Organizers of the event in cooperation with the Balloon Federation of America made the decision based on the logistics of the balloon competition and the many components of that element of the festival.
"We want this to be one of the largest, if not the largest balloon and music festival in the Southeast," said Eric Thompson, president and CEO of Prospect, Inc., the major beneficiary of the festival. "Moving the event to the spring will enhance that opportunity for the balloonists and our visitors."
Balloon pilots from around the country will vie for cash prizes by participating in sanctioned competition tasks set forth by the BFA - the national governing body of the sport and the official ballooning branch of the United States National Aeronautic Association. It organizes and operates the US National Balloon Championship, as well as other regional competitions and is selecting the US representative pilots for participation in the spring festival.
Planning for the festival will continue with regularly scheduled meetings for the volunteers and committee chairs.
Terri Merryman, director of the Wilson County Convention and Visitors Bureau sees the enthusiasm in the community building toward the inaugural effort.
"No one stages an event like Wilson County and making this the best possible competition for the 30-plus balloonists goes hand-in-hand with making this an outstanding annual festival for the entire region to enjoy."
Tickets will be available in advance online at www.visitwilsoncounty.com and through area sponsors.