South County Hot Air Balloon Festival
, which Yankee magazine last year lauded as one of the top 20 best summer events in Rhode Island, goes up July 20-22 at the University of Rhode Island athletic fields on Route 138 in South Kingstown. More than a dozen balloonists will show off their balloons Friday and Saturday night with "The Balloon Glow." Rhode Island favorite John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band plays Friday night, and there will be fireworks Saturday night. A Kansas City barbecue competition will be held on Sunday. Woven around all that will be catch-and-release fishing ponds, a trapeze act, remote-control planes, racing pigs and train rides for kids. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 14 and under and $25 for families (two parents and kids).
The festival is the main fundraiser for the Wakefield Rotary Club, which has raised more than $1 million since it began. All proceeds from the event are donated to charities, club officials said. For a complete list of events and more information visit www.southcountyballoonfest.com
Photo by Laurie Ramaker
The 34th annual