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October 13, 2021 Lakeland, Florida: Up Up and Away Florida Hot Air Balloon Festival takes to the sky May 6th-8th, 2022 in Lakeland Florida. Hosted by Up Up and Away Florida, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, this aerial event brings the spectacle and grace of evening twilight hot air balloon glows plus early morning and late afternoon mass ascensions. A variety of entertainment including tethered balloon rides, live bands, car show, helicopter rides, midway, vendors, and great food will make this 2nd annual event a family must-do. “Returning to Lakeland made sense for us because of the success we had for our first event in February 2020. Like so many, we were unable to host our event this year but are so excited about what we’ve got planned for 2022” says Executive Director, Ron Clukey. “As more people become aware of us, and of our commitment to the community, we believe this volunteer-based hot air balloon festival is quickly becoming a major event held annually on the Lakeland Linder International Airport”. The Up Up and Away Hot Air Balloon Festival’s mission is to provide opportunities for local non-profit organizations to raise funds by participating in the support and operations of the event as well as promoting their own organization’s mission. In just its first year, Up Up and Away Florida donated $10,000 to the Aerospace Center for Excellence for its youth-focused STEM programs and looks to partner with many more local non-profit organizations for this upcoming event. Entertainment and activities throughout the day have been expanded. Live music will keep the energy levels high with bands such as the Rico Monaco Band and Audio Exchange taking the stage in the evening. Activities relating to the ballooning itself will be offered. A new VIP area will provide an upgraded experience near all the action. Details regarding balloon rides and tethered rides available for purchase will be available soon. The Up Up and Away Hot Air Balloon Festival is planning to surpass attendance of 25,000 this year. The organization is working diligently to recruit balloon teams from all over the country and showcase the aeronautic skills of these balloon pilots. Weather is always a factor but with multiple opportunities for twilight glows and mass ascensions over the 3 days, the organization is confident this rain or shine event will be a crowd-pleaser. The Up Up and Away Hot Air Balloon Festival is held on the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus located on the south side of Lakeland Linder International Airport. Tickets and on-site camping packages are now on sale with early bird pricing. Non-profits interested to learn about the many fundraising opportunities should contact info@upupandawayflorida.com. Additional details about the event will be announced over the coming weeks.

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