The Great Forest Park Balloon Race Energizer® presents the 36th anniversary of the Great Forest Park Balloon Race on September 19-21, 2008. The Balloon Glow will be on Friday evening. The glow will move this year to Central Field (the site of the Race) and will be a walk through event only -- not a drive through event. The Balloon Race will take place on Central Field by the Jewel Box in Forest Park, on Saturday afternoon. Click here for maps of the locations. The Great Forest Park Balloon Race is free and open to the public. Friday, September 19, 2008 BALLOON GLOW -- Central Field-- 7:00pm to 8:30pm The Balloon Glow offers spectators a breathtaking view of inflated balloons lighted by their burners. Get up close and walk around the balloons. Refreshments and Food are available. The event will conclude with a fireworks display beginning at approximately 9pm. Please note that this event will no longer be drive through event. It will be held on the same field as the Saturday race. Saturday, September 20, 2008 BALLOON RACE -- Central Field-- 12:00pm to 6:30pm Spend your day in beautiful Forest Park. The Purina Children's Entertainment area is filled with pony rides, games, and other activities for kids. The Entertainment Stage features a variety of local talent. During the Photo contest the public can enter the balloon field and take pictures of their favorite balloons. Prizes will be awarded for the best photographs. The Skydiving Team performs and lands in the center of the launch field. The race begins when the Energizer Bunny Balloon takes off ahead of the pack. 70 "hound" balloons then launch in pursuit. The balloon dropping a birdseed baggie closest to the Energizer Bunny Balloon will be declared the winner. 12:00pm: Festivities begin! Purina Children's Entertainment Area,.. Food Courts... Toyota Hybrid Cars... Pony Rides... More. 1:00pm: Entertainment Stage Opens 2:00pm: Suburban Journals/ Wehrenberg Theatres Photo Contest begins. Click here for details 3:00pm: Pepsi Skydivers 3:30pm: Opening Ceremonies 4:30pm: Energizer Hot "Hare" Balloon Launch 4:45pm: "Hound" Balloon Launch begins Sunday, September 21, 2008 RAIN DATE - In case the race is rained out on Saturday, September 20, it will be rescheduled for Sunday, September 21. The 2009 Race Already want to know the dates of the 2009 race? It will take place on September 18-20, 2009.