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Celebrating 47 years of family traditions and soft landings Sponsored content and photos provided by The Great Forest Park Balloon Race

The Great Forest Park Balloon Race presented by PNC Bank is thrilled to return to Central Fields for its 47th year. More than 1,000 hot air balloons have taken part in the Great Forest Park Balloon Race over its unique history. This year, on September 20 & 21, this one-of-a-kind, free of charge St. Louis tradition will add nearly 70 more balloons to its total.

us for one of St. Louis’ most beloved traditions!

Filled with more than hot air – this annual September tradition brings families and friends together for a day of wow-moments, new experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.

The newly renovated fields will be abuzz with excitement in preparation for a beautiful sight after dusk (approx. 7 p.m.) when dozens of hot air balloons will inflate and glow like giant lanterns. Once the balloons are up – we will open the field – inviting attendees to walk amongst the glowing balloons, visit with pilots, snap photos and be a part of the excitement. Be sure and settle in and stay until the end – the PNC Bank fireworks finale is set for 9:15 pm – a

Thanks to the generous contributions of our sponsors attendance is FREE and the number of memories and photographs you can capture is endless. So, call all of your favorite folks and join

THE GLOW – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH Our weekend kicks off with the Balloon Glow on Friday evening. Central Fields will open with activities, food trucks, other concessions and live music kicking off at 5 p.m.

spectacular way to celebrate a truly spectacular evening. THE RACE – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST Join us Saturday as nearly 70 hot air balloons launch from Central Fields and fly across the St. Louis skyline. Attendees are welcome to arrive as early as 12 p.m. to enjoy food, live music and local St. Louis youth performances on the Maryville University Main Stage, jump on inflatables in the Purina Children’s Entertainment Area and explore PNC Bank’s Mobile Learning Adventure! Tour the midway for photo opps, giveaways and new experiences from Children’s Hospital, Phillips 66, KMOX, Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres and many more. HOW DOES THE RACE WORK? Unlike a traditional race, the Great Forest Park Balloon Race is not based on speed. It is a hare and hound-style race. Launch time is 4:30 p.m. and all eyes will be on the PNC Bank balloon (the “Hare”), which launches first and lays out a large “X” on the ground next to where it lands. The other balloons (the “Hounds”) then try to follow the PNC

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Bank balloon as closely as possible, and the pilot who is able to drop a bean bag as close to the center of the “X” as possible wins.

A UNIQUE HISTORY The Great Forest Park Balloon Race is the second longest running balloon race in the country, and the only one that takes place in a large metropolitan city. The tradition began in 1973 with a handful of hot air balloons and a few spectators. Through the generous support of our sponsors, the event has grown to an internationally renowned event where multiple generations of many St. Louis families have made it their own tradition. Many things have changed since the first Race in 1973, but one thing that will never change is the event will stay free to attend. We hope you will join us to make new memories and continue this great St. Louis tradition. The history of the Race is rich with good friends and great family traditions – for a more detailed look at the schedule of events in 2019 and to learn more about how GFPBR became what it is today, visit www.greatforestparkballoonrace.com.

This content was produced by Brand Ave. Studios in collaboration with The Great Forest Park Balloon Race. The news and editorial departments of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch had no role in its creation or display. For more information about Brand Ave. Studios, contact tgriffin@stltoday.com.


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“M eet me on the Midway”

Free Family Fun The GFPBR is the oldest and largest FREE balloon event in the country. There is no cost for admission into the Balloon Glow Friday night or Balloon Race on Saturday. The midway will feature a wide range of activities and giveaways plus free day-long entertainment can be found on the Maryville University Main Stage and throughout the Purina Children’s Entertainment Area. Concessions, souvenirs and certain special activities will be available for purchase.

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Join us as early at 5 p.m. on Friday and 12 p.m. on Saturday to find your favorite spot and enjoy a picnic with friends and family. Food and beverages are available to purchase at the event but attendees are always welcome to bring their own refreshments. Please remember NO smoking and NO open flames or cooking appliances. Soft-sided coolers and cans are preferred.

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CENTERED ON ONE SIDE OF THE LAUNCH FIELD YOU WILL FIND THE MIDWAY. Settle in at your favorite sport on the fields and enjoy lunch/dinner by packing your own picnic or choose from a wide-variety of food and beverages choices from local food trucks and concessionaires – we’ll have everything from BBQ to funnel cakes and lemonade and Blue Moon beer.

HAVE A BLAST WITH PHILLIPS 66 – the official fuel of the GFPBR hot air balloon chase vehicles

TRY YOUR LUCK WITH MO LOTTERY TEST-OUT THE MARCUS WEHRENBERG DREAMLOUNGERS

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TRY FOR A HOLE-IN-ONE WITH RALLY HEALTH

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HOW IS THE WINNER DE DETERMINED? A llaunch-time As h i approaches, he the he crowd gathers “behind the ropes” to w watch with anticipation as pilots and crews prepare to compete in the “Hare and Hounds” balloon race. The PNC Bank balloon, is the “Hare” and leads the pack, launching and landing first. Once this balloon lands, the team lays an “X” out on the ground as a target. The other “Hound” balloons launch in pursuit and the pilot who drops his birdseed/bean bag nearest the center of the target is the winner! *SEE PAGE 6 for a sneak peek of the NEW PNC Bank “Hare” Balloon!*

1st Place – MIKE BIEN of Chesterfield, MO

2nd Place – JASON GAINES flying for Dirty Dogz

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KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED FOR MORE EXCITING ACTIVITIES, GIVEAWAYS AND BALLOONS FROM THESE GFPBR PARTNERS – ALL DEDICATED TO MAKING ST. LOUIS GREAT ALL YEAR LONG! • • • • • • • • • • • •

2018 WINNERS:

SCHNUCKS SODAS

Action ATM ARCIS Golf/Forest Park Butler’s Pantry City of St. Louis Diamond Resorts Dirty Dogz Drury Inn & Suites Gutter Helmet Forest Park Forever Humane Society of Missouri KMOX KTVI/ KPLR

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Maher & Buck Chiropractic Mid-America Chevy Quarry Wine Garden Raising Canes Rally Health Re/Max State Farm St. Louis Post-Dispatch Thompson Price Kitchens Welk Resorts Wonder Bread

Thanks to Ascension the Great Forest Park Balloon Race is once again offering an ACCESSIBILITY VIEWING AREA for spectators.

3rd Place – TOM CATON flying for Maryville University

Meet the Pilots

This year the tent will be located on the SOUTHEAST SIDE OF CENTRAL FIELDS and vehicles with a state-issued ADA Accessible Parking tag will be able to enter Forest Park at Grand Ave. and Union to park on Faulkner. A designated drop-off area will be available with street parking nearby.

Our GFPBR pilots are from across the country and fly in races around the world! Since our event is hosted in a major metropolitan area, St. Louis is special. Our pilots are some of the most experienced in country and attend by invitation only. Their stories are numerous and their excitement for meeting fun-loving-families and flying high above St. Louis every year is never-ending.

MEET ALL OF THE 2019 PILOTS and see photos of their beautiful balloons at greatforestparkballoonrace.com

Check out www.greatforestparkballoonrace.com for a map with details and directions.


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Share your Great Forest Park Balloon Race memories with friends all year long and look cool doing it! Official GFPBR merch will be available for sale throughout the event. Collector pins, t-shirts, hats, glow sticks, koozies, blankets and more!

! w o l G e Th FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 5:00 P.M. – FESTIVITIES BEGIN Plan ahead, find the perfect viewing area for you and your family and join us for dinner at Central Fields! Enjoy tasty fare from food trucks, concessionaires, and activities – all open beginning at 5 p.m. Or pack your own (soft-sided coolers, please) and settle in at one of the Enterprise Family Picnic areas!

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6:00 P.M.– LIVE MUSIC FROM BOOGIE CHYLD ON THE MARYVILLE UNIVERSITY MAIN STAGE

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The balloons “glow” like huge fireflies, a truly magical scene, and one not to be missed! The balloons inflate and stay teathered during the balloon glow and for a portion of the evening (weather permitting) the rope line will be released, and spectators will be invited to walk around to enjoy the view, take photos, and chat with pilots and crew.

9:15 P.M.— PNC BANK FIREWORKS FINALE

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The incomparable PURINA PRO PLAN PERFORMANCE TEAM will showcase amazing canine talent at 12:30 P.M., 2:30 P.M. AND 4 P.M. on Saturday.

12:00 P.M. – THE GREAT FOREST PARK BALLOON RACE FESTIVITIES BEGIN

ATTENDEES OF ALL AGES CAN ENJOY A FUN-FILLED DAY! Inflatables, fun-loving face painters, stilt walkers, snack vendors and a variety of activities for children and children at heart showcased at the east end of Central Fields – all within view of the balloons. Many of the activities and giveaways are free of charge while some activities (like the inflatables) do require a fee for participation. ATMs will be available throughout the event space.

MARYVILLE UNIVERSITY MAIN STAGE FEATURING DJ REGGIE ENTERPRISE FAMILY PICNIC AREAS OPEN

DISCOVER FREE FUN EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES AT PNC BANK’S MOBILE LEARNING ADVENTURE. SWING BY THE ST. LOUIS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL TENT to putt for a prize - regular and glowin-the-dark versions of mini-golf! Win glow-in-the-dark glasses on Friday night and colorful shades on Saturday to safely keep out the sun’s rays! Plus the BJC Our World Made Better interactive experience will be there too – with a virtual hot air balloon photo opportunity, foam arch and more!

PURINA CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINMENT AREA OPENS FEATURING: • • • • •

Purina Pro Plan Performance Team Children’s Hospital Activities PNC Bank Mobile Learning Adventure Inflatables, games, giveaways Midway concessions, food trucks and sponsor activities begin – including fun and giveaways from Phillips 66, MO Lottery, Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres and more.

3:00 P.M. – SKYDIVERS TAKE FLIGHT 3:30 P.M.– OPENING CEREMONIES 4:30 P.M.– PNC BANK “HARE” BALLOON LAUNCHES 4:45 P.M. – “HOUND” BALLOONS LAUNCH


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ELEVATE YOUR

EXPERIENCE The BEST SEATS AT CENTRAL FIELDS can be found by simply elevating your experience to VIP! Treat your best pal, your entire family or a big group of friends to VIP treatment at the BLUE MOON

GLOW BAR PARTY (21+).

RACE DAY VIP EXPERIENCE (all ages).

Attendees can look forward to premier views, tented seating, open air patio viewing, parking passes (for specific packages), private bathrooms, drink tickets, tasty fixins and more!

LIMITED TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR DETAILS AND TICKETS VISIT WWW.GREATFORESTPARKBALLOONRACE.COM

WE ARE THRILLED TO WELCOME SCHNUCKS AS A 2019 SPONSOR OF THE GREAT FOREST PARK BALLOON RACE! Be sure to look for their new sodas and snacks at beverage booths throughout the event and snap a photo with Big Cart. Download the Schnucks Rewards App Today and shop for all of your favorite picnic fixins’ on the way to Central Fields.

THE PERFECT PLACE TO MEET-UP We are thrilled to announced that the beautifully renovated Central Fields in Forest Park have allowed us to expand and host two Enterprise Family Picnic Areas! Families and groups of friends-like-family are invited to gather at a picnic table or a patch of shaded grass. Whether enjoying the P H O T O

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SOAR TO NEW HEIGHTS Upload your best photo of the 2019 Great Forest Park Balloon Race or Glow and enter to win the grand prize! Submit your photos through September 30, then vote daily for your favorites through October 6. Official Rules can be found at STLtoday.com/contests

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2017, Jiamin Z. (adult)

2018, Liping W. (adult)

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2017, Jordon P. (teens-tweens)

2018, Paul B. (teens-tweens)

SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS THROUGH SEPT. 30 AT:

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2017, Maya C. (children)

2018, Katie R. (children)

concessions available for sale nearby or enjoying goodies you packed at home - it’s the perfect spot to unwind and watch all the action. (see the event map on page 3 and look for the Enterprise logo)


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As presenting sponsor of the Great Forest Park Balloon Race, PNC is proud to bring to you the

! E R U T N E V D A G N I N R A E L MOBILE Stop by the PNC Grow Up Great® Mobile Learning Adventure to discover how everyday moments are learning opportunities. Fun, interactive learning kiosks for kids ages birth-5 “When I Grow Up” photo opportunity for your child PLUS a framed photo to take home Tons of giveaways, including activity books and learning kits

The Mobile Learning Adventure is a traveling exhibit that provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to learn about the importance of early childhood education while having fun with their children.

The Mobile Learning Adventure will be located at the northeast corner of Central Fields. See map on page 3 for details

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