All aglow in Forest Park (Sept. 19-20)

September 15, 2008

The Balloon Glow in Forest Park is very, very cool … and I haven’t been there in years.  It was just too much of a nightmare getting out, and the grouchiness of tired kids and an overtaxed mommy were too great a cost.  However, this year’s glow on Friday (Sept. 19) is a walk-through only event — no cars, and hopefully fewer pedestrian snarls — so I’m considering going back.  M. probably doesn’t even remember it, and S. has never seen it.

Organizers say food and drink will still be sold, leading me to believe picnics will also still be welcome. It’s a nice atmosphere for that, but there’s also something to be said for having the mobility to go from one roaring, shooting flame to another without worrying about your picnic blanket. Either way, be sure to stick around for the 9 p.m. fireworks display.

Be sure to note that both the glow and the race (Sept. 20) take place on Central Field by the Jewel Box this year. They’re both still free, and there will still be all kinds of activities for kids on Saturday from noon to 6:30 p.m., before and during the race. Approximately 70 balloons will compete this year.

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