Hot air balloons fill Anderson skies for new event

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The Cancer Association of Anderson is hosting a first ever, 3-day event this weekend featuring over twenty hot air balloons, helicopter rides, live music and food trucks. Admission is free to the “Hot Air Affair: Rising Above Cancer” event, but all proceeds will go to benefit the cancer association.

There is a $10 parking fee per car. Tethered hot air balloon rides are $10 and helicopter rides are $25. Untethered balloon rides can be scheduled with balloonists by signing up at caanderson.org.

An 18-foot-tall metal ribbon will also be on display all three days of the event for families to write names of cancer survivors or those who have lost their battles with cancer.  

Saturday from 10-4 there is an auto car show featuring vintage cars, hot rods, British classics, and motorcycles, with trophies for top places. From 5:30 pm – 10 pm there will be a large screen tv viewing of the Kentucky Derby with Palmetto Moonshine Tasting and a derby hat judging contest. The “Doggie Derby Costume Contest” hosted by the Dog House on Society Street is from 3-5pm. There is a $5 registration fee per dog, and judging is based on color, creativity and cuteness. The Watson Village is playing at 7pm.

The event is from 6-10pm Friday, 10am-10pm Saturday, and ends Sunday from 7:30-11:30am with a remembrance flight with balloons and a butterfly release.

The Hot Air Affair event is at 2000 East River Street in Anderson at the Rocky River Plantation. For more information, go to caanderson.org.

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