U.S. Bank Great BalloonFest: Great Balloon Charity Race

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Thursday, April 27, 2017
7:00 am: Launch


The U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Race is one of Louisville’s beloved family traditions.  In 2017, the Derby Festival will feature Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning races.  The multi-race docket gives spectators young and old more chances to take in the exhilarating view of boundless colors and shapes.

New to the 2017 schedule is the Great Balloon Charity Race. Local Celebrities will be invited to participate and paired with a participating Balloon in the 2017 Great BalloonFest.  The Race will be a traditional Hare & Hound format.  The Celebrity in each balloon will toss a bluegrass seed bag towards the ‘X’.  The Celebrity closest to the ‘X’ will win $1,000 to be donated to their favorite charity; a donation from the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation.  The check will be presented to the charity representative at the Balloon Awards Luncheon on Saturday, April 29.