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Air Fair at Groveland Oaks Park in Holly

Flight fanatic families' eyes will be glued to the skies at this kid friendly event with hot air balloons, kites, hang gliding, food and more on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012

Let your family's imagination take flight at the Air Fair at Groveland Oaks Park, returning to the popular Oakland County spot in Holly Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012.

Attendees get the chance to observe hot air balloons galore – at both the hot air balloon launch, which takes place at 7 p.m., and the hot air balloon night glow, beginning around 9 p.m. Other sky-high antics during the day include the Windjammers International Kite Team, which will be showing off its kite-flying skills. There will be hang-gliding demonstrations, too, by the West Michigan Hang-Gliding Association – plus remote-controlled plane demos by the Michigan Indoor Aircraft Association.

Kids are also able to join in on the flight-themed fun with an inflatable obstacle course, retro games, face painting and a kite-making craft, which is free for children. Great Turtle Toys will be displaying its interactive and educational toys and games, as well.

On the main stage, the Full Tilt Variety Band performs at 8 p.m., and a DJ plays from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Smokehouse barbeque, pop, snacks and water are available to purchase during lunch and dinner.

Hop on a hayride around the park starting at 2 p.m. or head over to experience the live raptor program at 1:30 p.m., which introduces birds of prey like owls, hawks and eagles to the audience. You can also take a walk through a variety of recreational vehicles from General RV.

This event is free with park admission. The cost is $5 per car. Admission is free with 2012 Oakland County park passes. For more information about the 2012 Air Fair at Groveland Oaks Park, check out the Metro Parent listing.

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