Friday, September 20, 2013
Plano Balloon Festival stays grounded with local music talent
Good Question Band and Moving Colors perform Friday and Saturday nights.
PLANO When the sun goes down, the bands will come out to entertain the masses this weekend at the Plano Balloon Festival at Oak Point Park.
With popular acts like Good Question Band and Moving Colors lighting up the main stage Friday and Saturday nights respectively, the 34-year-old tradition has become a three-day party in the sky and on the ground.
Staying true to its family friendly origins, the balloon festival has evolved to include much more than just the balloons (although they are still the top attraction), said Jo Via, executive director who has been involved with the festival since 1991. The Kid Zone, for example, started off with just a few bounce houses. Today, the area features everything from carnival games and rides to face painting, craft tents and a rock climbing wall.
On the ground, local vendors and nonprofits will be showing off their wares and talking to residents about their services. Last year's addition was a classic car show, which will return with about 100 cars and trucks on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Live music has been a mainstay for the past several years and was added to the lineup as a form of entertainment when all eyes weren't focused to the skies, Via said.
"Now, people are so excited to be where the music is and where the fireworks are that they'll stick around, so that's great. I think it enhances the whole festival experience," she said. "These are local bands that play a lot around in the area, so people recognize their names. You'll see a lot of parents dancing with kids in the streets."
McKinney singer Tristan Blaine is one of the musical acts who will take the stage. Blaine, 14, performed at the event last year and, given the fortunes his career has gained in the past 12 months, is expecting more fans. Blaine will take the main stage at 11 a.m. Saturday - this time with dancers and a new song in tow.
"I hate being idle; I don't like to stay still for a while. Everything that involves performing, I love it, it's amazing," Blaine said. "All it takes is the first scream and I'm good. Last year, there was like no one in front of the stage at first, but I drew a good 50 people and it grew. I got a lot of autographs that day, it was a lot of fun."
The jams will continue Sunday morning, as Jimmy Buffett tribute band Fin City will kick things off in conjunction with the half marathon, 5k run/walk and 1k fun run.
"We're excited to have them; I think it will add some changes in latitude and attitude for our runners," Via mused.
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