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Hot air balloon festival headed to Mt. Juliet

Xavier Smith • Oct 3, 2017 at 4:02 PM

Balloons, music and more are headed to eastern Wilson County next week, as Mt. Juliet will hold the first Music City Hot Air Balloon Festival.

The event will take place Oct. 14 from 4-7:30 p.m. at Charlie Daniels Park and will include live music, a children’s zone, food trucks, craft vendors and a hot air balloon glow at dusk.

The musical lineup includes Time Carroll, Brian Ritchey, Sara Syms and Flat River Band.

Carroll, a Nashville resident, was a rhythm guitarist for the punk band the Gizmos in the late ’70s. He later performed with the Blue Chieftains during the ’80s in New York City.

Ritchey is a Nashville-based singer and songwriter. The alt-country performer has drawn comparisons to Gram Parsons, Neil Young, Ryan Adams, the Jayhawks, Nick Drake and more.

Syms’ music has been described as raw, organic and heartfelt. The roots-Americana artist is originally from Chicago and her works include her album, Fade to Blue.

The Flat River Band has traveled the country and performed at various places such as Dollywood, Silver Dollar City, numerous fairs, festivals and churches, earning recognition for their harmony and musicianship.

The event is an evening glow, which means the hot air balloons do not launch during the event. Outside food, tents and dogs will not be allowed to enter the event.

Tickets are only available online at mtjuliethotairballoonfestival.com. Early-bird tickets, which are $12, will be available until Saturday. Regular tickets are $15 after Saturday and $20 at the event. Children 5 and younger will be admitted free.

The first 200 children will receive a free light-up toy.

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