GLASGOW — Adam Doleac, a country recording artist, will perform during the Groove and Glow Fest, a hot air balloon festival set for Sept. 21 at the Glasgow Municipal Airport along Happy Valley Road.
The announcement was made by Entertain Glasgow via a social media video post Monday morning.
Doleac is an up and coming singer/songwriter who has recently released a single titled “Famous.” Songs he's written have been recorded by fellow country music artists Kane Brown and Darius Rucker.
“We're really excited to have him because he seems to be getting more and more popular,” said Katie Hawks with Entertain Glasgow.
The committee chose Doleac to be its performer for Groove and Glow Fest because they wanted someone who was affordable that would still allow the committee to put on the event free for the public.
Entertain Glasgow also wanted a performer who would attract a younger audience; people who typically wouldn't buy a ticket to a performance at the Plaza Theatre, she said.
“We were also looking for someone who is family friendly. That's a big thing for us. We want to make sure that they are an artist who can be attractive for all ages,” Hawks said.
The Groove and Glow Fest will also feature numerous children's activities, including inflatables and pony rides; food vendors; a hot air balloon glow; and tethered hot air balloon rides.
“We are really excited that we already have 10 hot air balloons confirmed,” Hawks said, adding that the committee is hoping to get a few more confirmed.
Some of the hot air balloons will be on display for the public to view prior to the start of the balloon glow, which is when the pilots will fire up their burners to heat the air inside the balloons, causing them to inflate and become illuminated against the dark sky.
The event is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. with children's activities, food trucks and the hot air balloon displays.
The official schedule for the event has not yet been released, but as of right now the balloon glow is scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m. and Doleac is expected to take the stage at 8:30 p.m., Hawks said.
The committee is also trying to secure an exhibit featuring an airplane.
“Since we are at the airport, we thought that would be real fitting,” she said.
The event is being made possible through a collaboration of local sponsors, including the city of Glasgow, the Glasgow-Barren County Chamber of Commerce and the Glasgow Municipal Airport, as well as T.J. Regional Health, which is the event's title sponsor and will be celebrating its 90th birthday in September.
“What better way to celebrate a big birthday than with big balloons, music and food,” said Neil Thornbury, CEO of T.J. Regional Health in a press release. “This is our way of giving back and celebrating with the community that has helped to sustain our organization for 90 years.”
Hawks pointed out in the press release that there are many people who work hard to make events, such as the Groove and Glow, come to fruition, adding that it's all worth it when seeing the many happy faces at the events.
“The fact that we can offer them for free to the community is like the icing on the cake,” she said. “When the hot air balloon event was talked about and T.J. Regional Health showed interest in being the title sponsor to celebrate their 90th birthday, it all clicked into place and we started planning.”
Instead of charging admission, Entertain Glasgow is asking for donations of non-perishable food items that will be given to the Community Relief Fund of Glasgow-Barren County for its food pantry. Monetary donations will also be accepted.
A rain date for the event has tentatively been set for Sept. 28, but Hawks said that date will be dependent on whether or not the hot air balloons are available on that date, as well as Doleac.