Balloon festival preview in Ascension Parish
GONZALES - The 2013 Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championships starts this weekend in Ascension Parish.
The festival gets fully underway Friday morning at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales, with the first competition flight scheduled for 7 a.m. There will be activities for kids and families around the Expo Center grounds throughout the championships, which conclude Sunday.
Festival organizers and balloon pilots plan to "Light Up The Night" Friday night at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center after the first set of flights are completed.