Pembroke’s Hot Air Balloon Festival will not be taking flight this upcoming fall, according to discussion at the North Bryan Chamber of Commerce’s Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday.
The appreciation luncheon was held for outstanding North Bryan County businesses and their donations for the Hot Air Balloon Festival. In addition to recognizing them, new chamber officers were elected, and the festival’s future was mulled over.
Chamber members and new officers got down to it and discussed whether or not there was enough time to pull off the festival, one of Pembroke’s biggest events. The consensus was – there isn’t.
But something will take the festival's place, organizers said.
North Bryan Chamber of Commerce’s newly elected Chairman Mary Warnell said eight volunteers were elected for the event committee and are busy defining their roles.
And while the Hot Air Balloon Festival will not be taking place during the last weekend of October, “something will happen,” she said.
Warnell said that due to the time crunch the event is under, the festival simply can’t take place as it has in previous years. But since the Balloonfest's regular vendors already have their calendars marked for Pembroke, officials want to hold an event of some kind.
The new chamber officers and volunteers will have their first official meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 5.