Another Plano tradition bites the COVID-19 dust as organizers officially cancel this year’s Central Market Plano Balloon Festival (PBF). In these uncertain times, the Festival board and staff considered the health and safety of Festival attendees, volunteers, sponsors, vendors and pilots a top priority.
The Festival draws thousands to the City every September, and this move is the best way to keep people safe.
The Festival, however, is excited to extend virtual opportunities for the 2020 Central Market Plano Balloon Festival & Run. This would’ve been the 10th year for the PBF Races that include a Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and 1K. A virtual option to run a distance and claim the amazing 10-year commemorative finisher medal and t-shirt is available. For information about the races, visit planoballoonfest.org.
Also in the fall, a kaleidoscope of colorful hot air balloons will provide a virtual highlight of the years of ballooning in Plano. Balloons “kissing” the pond at Bob Woodruff, breathtaking glows and skies filled with balloons will be offered online…details to come on the website.
The Festival encourages the public to patronize all of the vendors, arts groups and nonprofits that won’t have the chance to earn revenue by working this very popular event. PBF shares, “The decision is not easy, but it is necessary.”