Ascension considers taking over balloon festival
GONZALES - Ascension Parish government may take over the Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center if a plan proposed by Parish President Tommy Martinez is accepted by the parish council next month.
Council members meeting as a subcommittee Monday discussed the future of the festival.
Since moving to Ascension Parish in 2012, the festival has been operated by the nonprofit Ascension Festivals and Cultural Council Inc.
Earlier this month, the nonprofit's festival chairman, Brad Walker, said the three-day weekend festival in late September lost money.
Martinez said he believes the festival is a "shining star" that promotes both Lamar-Dixon and the parish as a family event destination.
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