Hot air balloon festival leads weekend events

Xavier Smith • Oct 12, 2017 at 7:28 PM

The Mt. Juliet Hot Air Balloon Festival is one of several events that will take place in Wilson County this weekend.

The Mt. Juliet Hot Air Balloon Festival is Saturday from 4-7:30 p.m. at Charlie Daniels Park and will include live music, a children’s zone, food trucks, craft vendors and a hot air balloon glow at dusk.

The musical lineup includes Time Carroll, Brian Ritchey, Sara Syms and Flat River Band.

The event is an evening glow, which means the hot air balloons do not launch during the event. Outside food, tents and dogs will not be allowed to enter the event.

Tickets are only available online at mtjuliethotairballoonfestival.com. Regular tickets are $15 and $20 at the event. Children 5 and younger will be admitted free.

The second annual Ride for Deputy Earl Dyer will be Saturday with registration at 10 a.m. and kickstands up at noon at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon.

Guests are asked to use Peyton Road to enter. Donations of $20 per bike and $5 per passenger will be accepted, and all proceeds will be donated to Dyer.

It will feature a scenic ride in and around Wilson County and return to the fairgrounds. Post-ride festivities will include a deejay, raffle and 50-50 cash raffle.

A barbecue sandwich lunch will also be available for a donation.

For more information, call Rob Bates at 615-210-9570 or Scott Lorden at 615-394-9302.

Centerstage Theatre will have its second weekend of the play, “Father of the Bride,” on Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. at Winfree Bryant Middle School.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students and may be purchased at Iddy & Oscars on the Lebanon Square or at brownpapertickets.com.

“Everybody has been through this wedding culture thing. Weddings can be as cheap or expensive as you want, and they can be as simple or out of hand as you want,” Centerstage co-founder Mitchell Vantrease said.

Jenny Smith and Kevin Driver will star as Kay and Mr. Banks, and Driver has first-hand experience in his role as his daughter will have her wedding after production ends.

“I’m pretty much living it. I’m rehearsing, and she’s texting me every day about venues, songs, menu and that kind of stuff,” Driver said.

Other weekend events include:

• The U.S. Military Vets Fall Poker Run will be Saturday at Coach’s Eastgate Grill in Lebanon. Registration will be from 10:30 a.m. until noon with kickstands up at noon. The cost is $15 pet bike and $5 for each additional hand. A cash prize will be awarded. The run will end at the U.S. Military Vets clubhouse in Lebanon.

For more information, call 615-585-9925.

• The annual Cedar Seniors pancake breakfast will be Saturday from 7:30-11 a.m. at Cedar Seniors at 226 University Ave. in Lebanon. Plates will be $5 per person. For more information, call 615-444-0829.

• West Hills Baptist Church, in partnership with Youth Villages, will hold a suicide prevention seminar Sunday at 2 p.m. at the church at 1240 Leeville Pike in Lebanon.

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