TEMECULA – Country singer Justin Moore will headline The Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival on Friday, May 30 at Lake Skinner. Moore, 29, whose third album “Off the Beaten Path” was released in September 2013 and peaked at #1, has a string of hits including the sentimental favorite “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away.”
Named Billboard’s “Top Country Artist of 2009,” the Arkansas native’s top 10 hits include “Small Town USA,” “Backwoods,” “Point At You,” “Till My Last Day” and “Bait A Hook.” Moore’s self-titled 2009 debut album was recognized by the New York Times as one of the best albums for that year. His music has been featured on the ABC drama “Nashville,” “Hannity & Colmes” and “NFL Rewind.
Moore is just the first of many musical acts who will perform during the 2014 Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival which is on May 30, May 31, and June 1 at Lake Skinner.
Friday also features the very popular evening “Balloon Glow” where hot air balloons are inflated and remain tethered to the ground. As the evening sky drops a velvet veil of stars in the twilight, the hot air balloons begin their “light dance.” By simultaneously igniting their burners the pilots create a colorful illumination of the balloon canopies. Towering above the crowd, and flickering to the beat of popular music, the balloons appear to dance.
Saturday will feature top rock, alternative rock and pop stars on the main stage while regional favorites and upcoming stars perform on the Wine Stage. The evening balloon glow is repeated in the Wine Gardens after dusk.
The festival features dawn hot air balloon launches, free morning tethered rides (weather permitting), premium wine tasting, microwbrew tasting, food and wine pairing, chef demonstrations and beer and food pairing, as well as a full international food court, arts and crafts, exhibits, and a kids faire.
Many guests prefer staying at Lake Skinner for the entire weekend. Surrounded by the Shipley Preserve, the festival has one of the most picturesque vistas for camping and photography. Campsites go on sale March 4 at 8 a.m. Check www.tvbwf.com for scheduled times and activities or call (951) 676-6713. Hot air balloon flights, tethers and evening glows are weather permitting only.