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Great Forest Park Balloon Race to return Sept. 17-18

Great Forest Park Balloon Race to return Sept. 17-18

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For fans of the Great Forest Park Balloon Race, which didn’t take place last year due to the pandemic, things are looking up.

The 49th annual race and festival, which involves more than 50 balloons, will return Sept. 17-18 to Forest Park, organizers announced this week.

Last year, organizers reimagined the event as a series of “Lift Up St. Louis” tribute flights to honor essential workers, educators, healthcare workers and people standing up for change. The sentiments of gratitude and strength shown during those flights will remain, organizers said.

The event will take place at the Emerson Central Fields, with the Balloon Glow on Sept. 17 and the race on the Sept. 18.

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