The 17th Annual GLOW presented by Ozark Chevrolet to benefit Children’s Smile Center is slated for Friday, June 16, 2023, beginning at approximately 8:45 p.m. at the Finley River Park in downtown Ozark. The 17th Annual GLOW is held inside the grounds of the Sertoma Duck Race Festival and is free to the public.
Several hot air balloons will inflate just after dark providing an amazing light display against the night sky. Balloons are tethered to the ground and do not take flight so attendees can enjoy a 60 to 90 minute light show, pending weather and wind speeds. All attendees have the opportunity to see the very large and exquisite balloons close up, visit with the pilots and get in the basket to help keep the balloons inflated.
The 17th Annual GLOW presented by Ozark Chevrolet is part of the two-day Sertoma Duck Race Festival June 16-17, with several activities taking place besides the GLOW on Friday evening, including live music in an entertainment area, food and drink booths, small business vendor booths, and a kids’ zone with various carnival-type attractions for families to enjoy. For more information about these activities, please visit 4csertoma.org. There are costs associated with many of these activities, including a $10 parking fee. There is no admission charge for the 17th Annual GLOW presented by Ozark Chevrolet or the Sertoma Duck Race Festival.
“The GLOW is a fun event for all ages,” said executive director, Jackie Barger. “Rarely do people have the opportunity to see the balloons close up, but here you can visit with the pilots and then watch an amazing light show.” Barger continued, "We want everyone to know that the event is extremely sensitive to weather and wind conditions. The unpredictability of Ozarks weather means there is always a chance the event could not be held. Please keep informed through our Facebook page."
Proceeds from the 17th Annual GLOW benefit Children’s Smile Center to provide dental care to children ages 1 to 19 and pregnant women covered by Missouri Medicaid who reside in Christian, Stone, Taney, Dade, Barry or Lawrence Counties through its three dental clinics located in Ozark, Branson West and Aurora.
Barger stated that people attending the 17th Annual GLOW presented by Ozark Chevrolet need to plan to arrive well before the hot-air balloons begin to inflate, which should be in the vicinity of 8:30 to 9:00 p.m. Gates to the Festival grounds for the GLOW open at 5:00 p.m.
Barger wants to remind attendees to keep informed about the event through their Facebook page, 17th Annual Hot Air Balloon Glow. Weather and wind conditions are monitored right up to the time of the balloons inflating, and pilots are very careful in making the decision to inflate their balloon based on local and area weather patterns, wind speeds, and weather fronts that move through the area from time to time.
For more information call (417)818-5718.