FRANKTON – Things will be up in the air next weekend in Frankton. Hot air balloons will take to the skies, soaring above the myriad activities of the town’s 38th annual Frankton Heritage Days Festival and Hot Air Balloon Extravaganza. The fun kicks off next Friday, Sept. 20, and runs through Sept. 22.
“Each year we try to make it bigger and better,” said organizer Brenda Alexander. She noted that the festival draws about 8,000 to 10,000 people into Frankton. “I’m excited about the new things we have going on.”
One of those new things is a zip line that will be available all day Saturday. Also for the first time, bingo will be part of the fun both Friday and Saturday. The new attractions are part of a full slate of options.
There’s no shortage of musical entertainment. Country performer Corey Cox takes the stage Friday night. On Saturday afternoon, hear the jazz, country, rock mix of The Roadmaster, Gordon Brooks. Later on, tune in to the country rock of the Blue River Band, followed up with the piano rock of Ivory Skies.
Crafts, rides and concessions run all throughout the festival. Check out the antique tractor show or Sunday’s 17th annual car show. Step back in time when you enter a pre-1840’s encampment with re-enactors showing how life was lived on the frontier by explorers and pioneers.
Over at the Frankton Heritage House, check out quilts and wood working. Quilt show organizer Ruth Fox said the quilts run the gamut from hand-quilted to machine-pieced and machine-quilted, applique and embroidery. Fox’s husband, Larry, is organizing the wood working.
“Some of it is just unbelievable. Birds look like they’re real,” said Ruth.
The whole shebang gets underway Friday, Sept. 20, at 5:30 p.m. with opening ceremonies and the launch of the bike ramble – a 6- or 9-mile family-friendly bike ride. Plan to be back in time for the 6:30 p.m. pingpong drop from one of the hot air balloons. Kids 12 and under can collect the pingpong balls to score prizes. Also at 6:30, it’s Jay’s Magic Show, and the Prince and Princess contest. Bingo runs from 7 to 10 p.m.