Hot air balloon rides to debut at 2012 Block Street Block Party

Anyone who attended the first-ever Block Street Block Party last year knows that there is only one thing that could make the festival even better in 2012; hot air balloon rides.

Today, those crazy Block Street Businesses folks went ahead and added those.

Organizer Hannah Withers told us she’s officially booked David Hoover of BalloonLR to offer rides during the event, coming up May 20 on Block Avenue in Fayetteville.

The balloon will be tethered in the parking lot behind Tables & Ale, located at the corner of Meadow and East Avenue, from 5:15 to 8:15 p.m. The balloon rides will offer a bird’s-eye view of the festival (and a photo op), before bringing riders back down to the same lot. Rides will last a few minutes, and will cost $6 per person.

For those not familiar, the Block Street Block Party debuted last May as a celebration of the end of a long construction project thrown by the businesses on the street.

“We wanted something to celebrate the unique, eccentric, and amazing community of people and businesses that we have here on Block,” Withers said last year.

This year’s event will feature six live music stages and performance art, outdoor beer gardens, local food vendors, adult tricycle races, fortune tellers, rubber duck races, and about about a zillion other cool things.

More info is available on Facebook. Who’s going?

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