PROSSER -- Prosser's signature community event of the year is about to happen, so grab the camera and kids head to the annual Great Prosser Balloon Rally, which runs Sept. 24-26.
Not only will there be plenty of hot air balloons coloring the early morning skies all three days, but the town also plays host to its annual Harvest Festival and Street Painting Festival, both of which take place downtown.
There will be more than 60 vendors with handmade arts and crafts at the event and plenty of food booths, said Jim Milne, director of the Prosser Chamber of Commerce.
But the biggest draw will no doubt be the colorful and awesome hot air balloons, especially the Nite Glow. More than 30 balloons are expected to take part in this year's event, Milne said.
The balloons will lift off from the Prosser Airport about 6:30 each morning and drift in near silence, other than the occasional whoosh from the helium burners.
The Nite Glow, which is when grounded balloons light up for a visual show of colors, will take place at Art Fiker Stadium, at Seventh Street and Paterson Road.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with the balloons lighting up dusk. There is no admission charge.
Harvest festival hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 24, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 25 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 26.
There also will be music throughout the day Sept. 25 by The Broadway Babes, Baharu Marimba Band, High Desert Gypsies dance troupe, Bluestone Jazz Trio and Bram Brata steeldrum band. On Sept. 26, entertainment includes singer Cale Moon, the Diamond Ridge Cloggers and The Velvetones.
Street painting events happen Sept. 25-26 on the sidewalks of downtown. Artists of all ages can participate for $5 for a sidewalk section, or $15 for family block sections. Register at the event.
About 200 kids from around the Mid-Columbia are expected to stretch their imaginations with a piece of chalk and section of concrete.
Professional artists also will demonstrate their sidewalk art, such as Herb Leonhard of Prosser. Leonhard has illustrated his children's books and for musician Tori Amos's lyric book a few years ago.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org