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Kingsport FunFest - Breakfast with the Balloons
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member vhasler
N 36° 32.046 W 082° 31.787
17S E 363055 N 4044279
Quick Description: A wonderful early morning balloon festival at the end of Kingsport FunFest celebration.
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 9/14/2008 1:08:59 PM
Waymark Code: WM4P67
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Thorny1
Views: 19

Long Description:

Since 1981, Kingsport, Tennessee has been hosting a community unity celebration known as "FunFest" organized by the Chamber of Commerce. Also part of that festival are two balloon launches. This waypoint is for the morning launch (typically 7AM) known as "Breakfast with the Balloons." Over 1,000 people get up to enjoy local vendors providing breakfast items, while up to couple dozen balloon take off from the park and along Fort Henry Drive. I have participated since I had to carry my kids on shoulders or in a pulled wagon. Besides multicolored balloons, there is always one special balloon like Porter Paints, Garfield, or boy pirate/cat in a barrel.

Here is a link to the official Funfest website: The dates given below are for the celebration in 2009.

The coordinates happen to also be the starting location for the "Why wait until Funfest?" multi geocache (GCHHC5), which is smack right in the middle of the launching area.

Date(s): From: 7/18/2009 To: 7/18/2009

Number of Balloons in Attendence: 20

Visit Instructions:
Attend the festival.
Give the name of the event.
Post the coordinates of the launch field.
Give the city, state/prov, and country.
Tell us the number of balloons participating.
Post the associated website if available and/or the organizing group.

Post a picture of yourself with one of the pilots, crew, volunteers, or in front of one of the balloons involved with the rally. (Pilots and crew are usually very approachable and willing to help.)
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