Will weather impact the Watermelon Days Festival this weekend?
CORDELE, Ga. (WALB) - Watermelon Days Festival organizers are keeping in contact with the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office to get weather updates as potentially severe weather heads our way.
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As of right now, all of this weekend’s events will go forward as planned even though showers did put a damper on the flying and glowing of hot air balloons in Cordele on Friday and all activities were called off Friday night.
However, one thing rain can never do is deflate the spirit and drive of a mother who’s been flying balloons for four decades.
Carol Weiner is part of the fourth generation of a family of hot air balloon flyers that dates all the way back to the 1950s.
“It’s a feeling, I was so obsessed with hot air ballooning,” said Carol.
The Ohio mother has traveled the globe flying balloons. A lot of times with only her kids, who are soon-to-be future pilots, by her side.
“They flew balloons before they drove cars,” explained Carol.
Carol is even raising foster children now who just might be future pilots like her one day. She brought them with her to the 2021 Watermelon Days Festival Hot Air Balloon event, which is actually her first visit to the festival.
“It’s just considered one of the best festivals around right now,” said Carol.
Carol said she knows balloons inside and out, but after flying them for over 40 years, she said it’s the people that excite her now.
“The people absolutely love seeing a balloon in the air. I love that part of it,” said Carol.
Carol doesn’t fly much these days but still lends a helping hand to festivals. She said she doesn’t see herself staying out of the skies anytime soon.
Festival organizers said they plan to move Friday’s events over to Saturday, however, it will all depend on this weekend’s weather.
If you would like to stay updated with information on potential closures or cancellations during the Watermelon Days Festival, you can do so through the Cordele-Crisp Chamber of Commerce Facebook page, the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page or the Watermelon Days Festival Facebook page.
This year, there will be no public hot air balloon rides, but you can watch them fly over Cordele this weekend.
Weekend events are free except for a $5 parking charge.
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