Family Fun Sunday Planned for Centralia Balloon Fest

Community Awareness
August 2, 2019

With the addition of remote controlled boats, helicopter display, car clubs display, yoga, crossfit, church service, family games, children’s activities, and a partnership with SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, Sunday of Balloon Fest weekend will be packed with family fun. Centralia Balloon Fest promises to be bigger and better for their 30th Anniversary. Highlights of the event are always the balloon glows, the main stage entertainment, and the tethered balloon rides on Friday and Saturday nights. The biggest additions to this year’s Balloon Fest will be seen on Sunday afternoon. “We hope families will stay in Centralia for the weekend to see the hot air balloons and enjoy the activities in the park on Sunday,” said Marcus Holland, director of the Greater Centralia Chamber of Commerce and chairperson for this year’s Balloon Fest. SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital reached out to their sister hospital Cardinal Glennon to provide children’s activities in the park, including ‘safety town’ interactive learning experience and informational booths for families. Cardinal Glennon plans to fly in their GLENNON1 helicopter in the afternoon for kids and families to experience. In addition to the interactive activities, Cardinal Glennon will be giving away free bicycle helmets to the first 50 kids on Sunday at 12:00pm. This is to promote health and safety to kids and families. After the scheduled hot air balloon race on Sunday morning, people can participate with yoga in the park at 7:00am, Centralia CrossFit in the park at 8:00am, and then a church service at 10:00am by Centralia Free Methodist Church. “The goal is not to change anything already planned at Balloon Fest, but to add to the list of exciting things to do!” said Holland. In the children’s activity area from 12:00pm to 4:00pm, facepainting, puzzles, games, inflatable bounce houses, and the selfie scavenger hunt will be back again this year. On Sunday, more family games like washers, bags, and bowling will be available for anyone to play a round. CN Railroad’s Little Obie and City of Wamac Little Toot trains will give rides on Sunday, too. At Catfish Pond, while kids of all ages are building their cardboard boats for the races, attendees can make memories by driving remote controlled boats provided by Mt. Vernon Yacht Club. These RC boats will be running from 12:00pm to 2:00pm and are free with admission to the park. The Corvette Club Car Show is now the Car Clubs Display, with area car clubs invited to set up on the west side of the park from 12:30pm to 4:00pm. “There is something for everyone at Centralia Balloon Fest! We have 18 food vendors, 60 craft vendors, car shows, kids activities, live music throughout the day, and hot air balloons. We want to make sure this festival lasts for another 30 years in our community,” said Holland. The 30th Centralia Balloon Fest is a three-day festival at Centralia Foundation Park on August 16-18, 2019. More information can be found at