We admit to being disappointed in last week’s announcement that the highly-popular balloon festival will not be returning to Zebulon this year.
Instead, the festival will move to Fuquay-Varina, citing, in part, an excited and welcoming business community.
We don’t believe that is intended to be a slight toward the Zebulon business commmunity. In fact the Zebulon business and civic community roundly supported the effort and pumped hundreds of volunteer hours to pull the festival off.
More likely, unanticipated traffic problems that caused huge backups for people trying to get to the festival on opening night caused organizers to consider other homes.
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But the fact is, last year’s festival was the first of its kind and no one anticipated the kind of interest such an event would generate. And by the second day of the festival, the traffic problem had been abated and we heard nothing but favorable comments about the event from there on out.
It is, of course, the organizer’s perogative to hold the event whereever it chooses. Last year it was Zebulon, this year Fuquay-Varina. Perhaps the event will one day make its way back to eastern Wake County. We suspect organizers would continue to find the large, enthusiastic crowds they saw last year in Zebulon.
And at the end of the day, that’s what organizers of any event hope to see throughout the run of their event.