The Great Forest Park Balloon Race, set for mid-September, has been canceled this year, but organizers are planning another event that will have locals looking to the skies.
The new event, dubbed Lift Up St. Louis, will take place Sept. 17-20. It will involve hot-air balloons launching from various spots around the area to make tribute flights to honor “essential workers, educators, healthcare heroes and those standing up for change,” according to organizers.
“We encourage the community to take heart because our team is determined to take to the skies, bring smiles and Lift Up St. Louis,” Jessica Stegen, director of communications and event production for the race, said in a statement.
The festival has run for 47 years, and organizers decided to cancel this year because of the coronavirus. It will return to Central Fields in Forest Park in September 2021. Excessive winds prevented the balloons from taking flight in 2019.
For updates, visit the race’s social media channels or greatforestparkballoonrace.com.
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