Balloon Affair

The culmination of the summer season is the Balloon A-Fair. 

Picture of 2016 Independence staff and individuals participating in the parade. Picture of Independence Float characters before parade.

2016 Independence staff and indivduals who participated in the parade pose for the camera, and selected 2015 staff and individuals caught by the cameras.

This community tradition has been going strong for 38 years and begins with a parade through the city. 

   Picture of the Independence Float heading out on the parade route.

The rains didn't dampen spirits for the 2016 Independence parade participants and banner bearers.  In 2015 the clouds were kind enough to hold off for the parade.

Vendors line the streets with their merchandise, exhibits and goodies during the day. 

Independence individuals and staff man the information booth for the 2016 Baloon A Fair.

Picture of crowd watching balloons inflate.
In the evening festivities move to Sun Beau Valley Farm where additional vendors display their wares and over 20 hot air balloons dot the sky.

Independence has a strong tradition of participating in community events – our floats are legendary!  Both staff and the individuals we serve enjoy involvement with our community.