Balloon Fest

The BALLS for the 2022 rescheduled Ball Drop were dropped on Tues, March 28th at Midtown Depot. We owe a huge thank you to Jackson Fire Station #5, especially Captain Allen, RDO Forbes, and LT. McGinty. With amazing weather, their awesome help and the use of this beautiful truck, we were able to make the long awaited (and postponed/rescheduled) drop. 

Congratulations to Elizabeth Stanga, the winner of the $5000 prize.

The 2023 balldrop is schedule for Saturday, July 1 in Canton during the MS Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest. Balls are available NOW on line and staff and supporters will be selling them soon!

Golf Ball Drop: a raffle fundraiser for the Good Samaritan Center… COOL idea but how does it work?
First, you have to buy a Golf Ball Drop ticket claiming your ball. (all balls will be numbered from 1 to 1,000). Each ticket costs $20.
Then during the 2023 Canton Balloon Fest on Saturday, July 1st (8 p.m.) at the Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest in Canton, MS. All the balls will be taken up in the air in a tethered hot air balloon, and then dropped onto the festival field.

The owner of the ball that drops closest to the designated target wins $5,000!!

Buy as many Balls as you’d like! BUT only 1000 balls are sold.

When all balls are sold and the winner paid, Good  Samaritan Center raises $15,000 which will be used to purchase much needed food for struggling families.

Balloon Chase: A non-competitive hot air balloon chasing great time, brought to you by Canton Tourism, Canton Parks & Recreation, the Mid-Mississippi Balloon Association and The Good Samaritan Center, as a fundraiser for The Good Samaritan Center.
All participants will receive an awesome “Balloon Chase” t-shirt, race medal, a VIP dinner voucher, and the opportunity to run/walk/bike in the company of magnificent hot air balloons! You have your choice of doing a 10 mile or 30 mile bike ride in the morning at 7 a.m. (day-of registration at 6 a.m.) with hot air balloons or a 4 mile or 2 mile run in the evening 6:30 p.m. (day-of registration at 5:30 p.m.) with hot air balloons, OR do both! We also have a half mile Fun Run available for the kids!


Click the links below for turn-by-turn instructions & picture maps of the Bike Route & Run/Walk Route.

BIKE ROUTE – turn-by-turn instructions

RUN/WALK ROUTE turn-by-turn instructions

For more info & a full schedule of events, please visit

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