GLASGOW — Groove and Glow — an event featuring tethered hot air balloon rides and more — is set to take place Saturday at the Glasgow Municipal Airport along Happy Valley Road.
Entertain Glasgow, a volunteer organization that has put on such events during the past two years as Hops and Horses featuring the Budweiser Clydesdales, and Tubes, Tunes and Barbecue, is partnering with T.J. Regional Health Inc., the decision-making umbrella for T.J. Samson Community Hospital, for Groove and Glow.
The date for Groove and Glow coincides with T.J. Community Hospital's 90th anniversary.
“We are so excited about that. This entire week we've had employee appreciation events going on and we have been for weeks now been preparing for celebrating our 90th with the posting of throwback pictures on Facebook and Instagram, just sharing our history and learning more about our history,” said Stacey Biggs, executive vice president of marketing, planning and development for T.J. Regional Health Inc.
The idea to partner with Entertain Glasgow for Groove and Glow came about several months ago when officials with T.J. Regional Health Inc. began looking for a way to celebrate the such a milestone for the hospital.
Biggs explained T.J. Regional Health was looking to do something that would be bigger than anything the health organization has done in the past and would involve staff, physicians and patients, as well as the entire community.
“We kind of decided what better way to celebrate a big birthday than with big balloons,” she said. “And because Entertain Glasgow is kind of already established in the community as a volunteer group that puts on awesome community events, we got together with them to kind of get a feel for whether or not they would want to partner with us on it. They would put the event on and we would be the title sponsor of it. We just clicked right from the beginning. It ended up being just a fantastic partnership because they are so good at putting on events already. That made it easier for us to do something that we could do for the entire community.”
Katie Hawks with Entertain Glasgow said the organization is thrilled to be able to plan the event for T.J. Regional Health.
Gates for Groove and Glow will open at 3 p.m. with the event getting underway at 4 p.m.
“If people want to get there early and settle in, they are welcome to start coming at 3 o'clock,” Hawks said. “We are encouraging car pooling because we are anticipating a really high volume of traffic.”
The event will feature 11 hot air balloons, three of which will be giving tethered rides. The tethered rides are scheduled to start at 4 p.m. and continue until 7 p.m.
“We want the public to know that hot air balloons, especially the tethered rides, are completely weather dependent,” she said.
While weather conditions are expected to be great for the event, Hawks said the wind has to be under 5 mph and without any dust.
If the wind is faster than 5 mph, it is possible the tethered rides may have to be delayed until it dies down.
“It doesn't mean we won't do them at all that night. It just might mean the actual tethered balloon rides may not start until a little bit later,” she said.
All of the children's activities are also scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. and include inflatables, a rock climbing wall, pony rides, a train ride and yard games.
“At night we are going to give out glow sticks, glow bracelets and glow necklaces,” said April Russell with Entertain Glasgow.
There will also be a Tap Snap available.
“You will be able to take pictures and they will print out your pictures for you and hand them to you with the background,” she said.
There will also be two professional face painters on hand, Russell said.
A balloon glow is scheduled to begin at sundown, which will be about 7:15 p.m.
“The balloon glow is where the balloons are sitting on the ground, but they are blown up and the fire makes the balloons actually glow at night,” Hawks said. “They probably won't be floating in the air unless some of them want to be, but they will be up in their full form and just glowing. People will be able to walk up to them and check them out.”
The event will also feature live musical entertainment.
Sean Stemaly is set to perform at 8:15 p.m.
“He's kind of a new up and comer,” Hawks said. “And then we will have Adam Doleac going on at 9:15 p.m. for about a 60 to 75-minute show. We anticipate that it is going to be a really great show.”
Doleac is known for his song, “Famous,” which is climbing the charts, she said.
There will also be several airplanes available for viewing.
Event goers are urged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.
“We are asking for no outside food or drink. We will have a hydration station, as well as the food vendors,” Hawks said.
The event is free, however, Entertain Glasgow is asking for donations of non-perishable food items, which will go to the food pantry maintained by the Community Relief Fund of Glasgow-Barren County, she said.
“T.J. Samson will be set up at the entrances gathering (those items),” Hawks said.
Digital signs have already been placed along Happy Valley Road near the entrance to the airport alerting motorists of the potential for heavy traffic on Saturday because of the event.
Glasgow Police Chief Jennifer Arbogast said the police department asks motorists to use caution when traveling along that section of Happy Valley Road on Saturday.
The police chief said that she's not anticipating any issues to occur on Saturday, but added that the signs were put out early in an effort to make motorists aware of the potential for heavy traffic.