This year we will have 36 hot air balloon teams, amusement rides, a beer and wine garden, 22 hours of live music, Tethered Balloon rides, a mass ascension of balloons, a balloon glow, antique tractor and car shows, lawn mower and tractor test drives by Quality Equipment in Fuquay, Dodge Ram vehicles by John Hiester, The Army Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard will be onsite with some hardware, The US Veterans Corps will be represented, a bagpipe corps, and much much more.
Food Food and More Food
Mama Bird’s- cookies and cream, Mr A’s Beignets. 13th Taco, Raging Rooster – wings, Kat n Around-German Food Truck, Tropical Delights-fruit smoothies served in a pineapple, Fire Grill shishkabobs, Party in a Pita- Greek Food, Dusty’s Mini Donuts, Country Folks Creamery-one hit John Deere ice cream machines, roasted peanuts and more, Funnel Queens-funnel Cakes, Baguettaboutit food truck-stuffed baguettes, Kona Ice Truck, NandT concessions, Captain Cookie and the Milk Man, Kilgores mini donuts, Old Style Foods-roasted corn and lemonade, Sludge coffee-ice coffee, hot coffee and pastries, Heavy Metal Grillers food truck, Djs concessions-turkey legs and deep fried candy, Carolina Fire House- pit BBQ, turkey and wood fired lasagna, JM Changs Chinese, La Farm Bakery-all things baked and sandwiches, Flaatz food truck, Sweetwater Italian ice, Dr Spudz-Fresh cut fries, Crab Daddy-crab quesadillas and more, Daddy Bob’s BBQ, Chirba Chirba food truck-dumplings etc, Mixed Korean food truck, Tropical island concessions- crab cakes, fried fish and shrimp, Pelicans snowballs, Charlie poppers-kettle corn, Griffins shaved ice, Helmut’s Strudels, ACME Pizza, Stuffed-stuffed baked potatoes,
And the most important part of the festival- The commissioning of the Field of Flags during Friday’s opening ceremony by some family members of soldiers that were killed in action. A very special friend will play “taps” in full uniform as we honor our fallen. This field will be filled with more flags throughout the weekend by loved ones. At the closing ceremonies these flags will be gathered and then Monday (Memorial Day) they will be taken by Wake County Sheriff escort to military graveyards in Raleigh and Goldsboro.
Chris Wrenn said of his experience “I am very excited to bring this wonderful event to my home town. In its second year we expect 70-90,000 people to visit our area as we remember and honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms”.
There will be special guest speakers on stage Friday to share what Memorial Day means to them. Come worship with on Sunday as The Gathering Community Church leads pray on the ReMax main stage in a non denominational service. Come early, bring a bag chair, sunscreen, a hat and make some great memories.
Submitted by Chris Wrenn, Co-Organizer WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest