Balloonfest kicks off at Jamesville Beach Park

      Starting this afternoon, Balloonfest gets underway at Jamesville Beach Park. All through the weekend, you'll be able to check out dozens of hot air balloons in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Some balloons even come in special shapes, including "Beagle Maximus" and "Pokey the Turtle."

      Balloons are set to take off between 6-7:30 each night, and also at 6:00AM Saturday and Sunday as long as the weather cooperates.

      You can also check out some of the music acts throughout the weekend. Local groups will be performing, as well as national acts like Benny Mardones. There's also plenty of food to sample, amusement rides, and a petting zoo.

      If you're feeling adventurous, you can even ride in a hot air balloon. Morning rides cost $150 a person, $175 for evening rides.

      Tickets are $10 at the entrance; free for kids 12 years-old and under.

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