Featuring over 25 balloons, a fireworks extravaganza, colorful balloons of all shapes and sizes, entertainment, concessions, and lots of fun. You’re guaranteed a good time as you experience the mirage of colors decorating the summer sky. Our Independence Day heritage is highlighted by fun family activities that will treat the family to an old-fashioned weekend of togetherness. There is a vast array of competitive events for pilots to test their balloon savvy in pursuit of valuable cash prizes. There is also the ever popular Balloon Glows at sunset to delight children and adults of all ages. Come watch the balloons flicker and dance in the evening twilight.
2019 Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest
July 4th - July 7th
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For more information contact the Canton Tourism Office at 601-859-1307.
On Friday, July 5, there will be a Steak & BBQ Competition. The steak competition is a sanctioned event that only the judges will be sampling the food. To register for the Steak Competition, click “Register Here” below.
New Balloon Fest event whets appetites in Canton
Canton launches a new event this year on July 5, whetting appetites and boosting the regional appeal for the Fourth of July and Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest weekend.
An SCA-sanctioned steak cookoff on the historic Canton Square combines cooking sport with live music, beer, kids’ fun, hot air balloons, shopping and small town charm, 6-9 p.m. on July 5. That puts it right in-between the Celebrate America Balloon Glow in Ridgeland July 4 and the Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest events July 6 at the Canton Multipurpose Center.
“When you think Fourth of July, you think grilling outdoors,” says Canton Tourism executive director Jana Padgett. “In my mind, it’s got to work!”
The aroma of sizzling meats and smoky goodness work their own magic. “If somebody’s grilling something, I’m hungry already,” says Van Waites, event organizer. Anyone can enter, from backyard grill masters to catering pros, and vie for cash prizes and bragging rights on steaks and wings.
This is Canton’s first competition sanctioned by the Texas-based Steak Cookoff Association, which is projected hold more than 300 contests worldwide this year. An SCA representative runs the steak cookoff and the promoter provides the steaks, with a first place payout of $1,000 for the steak cookoff winner, and prizes up to fifth place.
Event proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Southern Outdoors Unlimited and its mission to introduce children with disabilities to the outdoors.
The new street party in Canton will celebrate all forms of outdoor cooking. Barbecue aficionados and more are expected, with tasty samples as they compete for the People’s Choice Award, determined by public voting. A $10 wristband buys the way for food sampling, one drink ticket and a vote. Food truck vendors will be onsite, too, to round out the offerings and hard rocking country music from the band TRADEMARK will keep the party hopping.
On July 6, the fun starts early with the Ballon Chase Bike Ride and Competition Flight at the multipurpose center, then kicks into high gear that evening with the festival and fireworks after dark. Good Samaritan’s $5,000 Golf Ball Drop Fundraiser is an annual highlight. “We want folks to know that they can have a great time, and yet make a difference for our community,” says Good Samaritan executive director Kathy Clem.
Here’s the rundown of July 4 weekend events:
Thursday, July 4: Celebrate America Balloon Glow at Northpark Mall in Ridgeland, with country artist Phil Vassar, opening act Burnam Road, and fireworks, 6-10 p.m. It’s free.
Friday, July 5: Steak cookoff and barbecue competition on the Canton Square, music from TRADEMARK, kids’ activities and more, 6-9 p.m. It’s free ($10 wristband for food samples). Register for the SCA-sanctioned steak cookoff at steakcookoffs.com.
Saturday, July 6: Activities at the Canton Multipurpose Center include 7 a.m. Balloon Chase Bike Ride and Competition Flight; 6-9:30 p.m. Balloon Festival; 6:30 p.m. Balloon Chase Run/Walk and Kids One Mile Run; 7:30 p.m. Balloon Glow and band Dirt Road Cadillac; 8 p.m. Good Samaritan’s $5,000 Golf Ball Drop Fundraiser; 9:15 p.m. fireworks. It’s free (register for bike ride, run and fundraiser at ballooncanton.com or onsite).