The volunteer organizers of the WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest want to offer a variety of programming throughout our weekend celebration. It's part of the festival spirit we want to offer for this community event. We also have children's experiences, military exhibits, non-profit groups and veteran's counseling groups as part of the festival. While the balloons are the main act in many ways, the primary mission of the organizers is to bring the community together in a spirit of celebration.
The festival draws a healthy size audience - over 70,000 estimated last year. We're planning for between 60,000 and 80,000 over the course of the holiday weekend again this year. Our volunteers invite those interested local and regional musicians (central and Eastern NC), or for musicians with ties to the community (last year we had some exchange students staying with a local musician, for example) to submit their interest in participating. Stipends available for musicians will depend entirely upon our sponsorship support.