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Up, Up and Away, in Midlothian!

By Elvira Sakmari
|  Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012  |  Updated 3:57 PM CDT
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Summer Ballon Festival


Mass ascension at DFW Summer Balloon Classic and AirFest in Midlothian.

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Slather on the sun block and slide on the sunglasses, Midlothian is playing host to Dallas-Fort Worth's Summer Balloon Classic and Airfest this weekend. Judging by the list of events it's worth the drive 30-45 minutes south.

The three-day event boasts beautiful balloon, formation flights and aerial acrobatics.

Some of the events include tethered balloon rides (weather permitting), helicopter and airplane rides, Big Mike's Kites demonstrations, powered parachutes, the Trojan Phlyers T-28 Team in flight and vintage cars on display. There's so much going on we can't list it all!

For the kids there are pony rides, a petting zoo, a trackless steam train and  the mobile mountain kids area.

The piece de resistance would have to be the "Lite the Nite" balloon glow Saturday evening.

Texas talent Ben Smith Band will also hit the stage for two concerts on Saturday. 

What you need to know, admission is FREE, parking is $10 per vehicle all day or $15 for a two-day parking pass, no food or drink can be brought into the event, and you're asked to leave your pets at home.

Summer Balloon Classic & Airfest
June 11-13, 2010
MidWay Regional Airport
161 Airport Rd.
Midlothian, TX

More: SummerBalloonClassic.com

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