Balloon Glow Lights Up Night Sky, Includes Free Concert Aug. 30

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Aug. 28, 2002

by Nicole L. Anderson, Student Newswriter

Hot-air balloon pilots will ignite their burners and illuminate the twilight sky at 9:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30. The Balloon Glow, a highlight of the four-day North American Balloon Association's National competition, will take place in Baylor University's Ferrell Center parking lot amid the sounds of popular Christian music.

Gates open at 6 p.m. with local Christian band Sign of Jonah playing at 6:30 p.m., followed by top Christian music act Avalon, who will take the stage at 8 and 9:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Gary Heavin, founder and CEO of Waco-based Curves International and a former Texas state champion balloonist, was instrumental in bringing the national competition back to Baylor for the second year. The top balloonists nationwide compete in tests of flying skill and accuracy for the national championship title and more than $60,000 in prize money.

Limited parking for the balloon glow and concert is available at the Ferrell Center. A free shuttle pick-up will be available at six different locations on the Baylor campus. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome, however coolers are not permitted.

For more information, contact Becki Majors, coordinator of student union programs, at 710-2371.

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