LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Hot-air balloons will fill the skies over Louisville for the next few days as Kentucky Derby Festival events continue in the run-up to the famous horse race for 3-year-olds on May 5 at Churchill Downs.
The Great BalloonFest features five events that get under way on Thursday and run through Saturday, when the Great Balloon Race is scheduled to take place at 7 a.m. EDT.
It all starts Thursday when the balloons fly into E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park at 5:30 p.m. for the Great Balloon Tour before heading to the Great Balloon Glimmer at Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront that night. On Friday, the Great Balloon Rush-Hour Race goes off at 7 a.m. at Bowman Field. Then the Great Balloon Glow returns to the Kentucky Exposition Center at 9 p.m.