The 2022 FireLake Fireflight Balloon Fest drew its largest crowd ever to Shawnee, Oklahoma, on August 12 and 13 to enjoy hot air balloon rides, live music performances and family entertainment. “The committee works hard to make each year better than the last,” said Vice-Chairman Linda Capps. The Festival will return in 2023, with new activities for its sixth year.
The FireLake Fireflight Balloon Festival received the Outstanding Event award during the 2022 RedBud Awards, hosted by the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association. For the past 25 years, the RedBud Awards have recognized Oklahoma’s top tourism attractions, events, programs and organizations for their outstanding efforts to serve and promote Oklahoma’s tourism industry, according to the OTIA website.
2021 brought productivity and uplifting news from CPN. Big developments ranged from new ways for Tribal members to connect digitally to an impactful agreement between local governments to improve the community’s future.
In this episode, we’ll meet CPN’s new District 11 legislator, Andy Walters, and hear from a graduate student about his most recent project ground mapping Potawatomi presence in the Great Lakes region. We’ll also visit this summer’s FireLake Fireflight Balloon Festival.
Out of an abundance of caution and concern for public safety, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation has announced the cancellation of the 2020 FireLake Fireflight Balloon Festival and Outdoor Nation Expo.
To prepare the 29 pieces of art, Clark took extra care with each step including cleaning, priming, painting the balloon portrait, and sealing the ostrich egg. There are no specific tools made to hold ostrich eggs for painters like Clark. So, he created his own version.
The FireLake Fireflight Balloon Fest, Oklahoma’s biggest balloon festival of 2019, brings live performers, family-friendly activities, fireworks, and a hunting and fishing expo as well as a display of 25 hot air balloons and more this August.