Saturday, Oct. 28 marked the 9th annual Glowfest in Anna, held at Slayter Creek Park. The hot air balloon fest was free for the community and ran from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

There were vendors selling food and items, and local businesses had tables set up to hand out trinkets. Dr. Briana Andor, a chiropractor located in McKinney and a candidate for the Collin County Commissioners Court precinct 3, said every guest was in great spirits.

“It was a fantastic day in Anna at the 2017 Glowfest,” Andor said. “It was a cold and windy day, but it did not dampen anyone’s spirit. Thank you to Kevin and the Anna Chamber for having us! We had a wonderful day and met so many amazing new friends.”

Alonzo Tutson, an independent consultant and candidate for city council seat four, said it was an amazing day. “Glowfest was again a huge success,” Tutson said. “The Greater Anna Chamber of Commerce and Mr. Kevin Hall, the Executive Director, were excellent hosts. The wide variety of wonderful vendors, topped off by a grade-A balloon exhibit, brought out a lot of smiling faces.”

Tutson also said there were more than just Anna residents who were there to enjoy the festivities. “I met people that traveled as far as Oklahoma and Arkansas just to attend the event,” he said. He added that the community is the reason for such events. “The city, AISD, local businesses and citizens working together is what community is all about.”

Irina Cowles from Lift Dance in Van Alstyne, who had dance groups perform at the past two Glowfest events, said her and her students wanted to share their love of dancing with the audience. “The children performed three dance songs on stage. The last dance was an audience participation dance to the song ‘To the Sky,’” Cowles said.

Cowles said she is excited for next year. “We’re grateful to the Anna Glowfest organizers for providing a great sound system and stage for our young performers,” she said.

Hall said the event was a smashing success. “We appreciate everyone who braved the cold for the 9th Annual Anna Glowfest. This was a fantastic event thanks to our board of directors, volunteers, sponsors, vendors, and of course, attendees. From Car Show to Costume Contest and Vendor Fair to the evening’s Hot Air Balloon show, it was a blessing to be among many from our community.”

“The Anna Chamber is proud to host this annual event along with the City of Anna,” saod Hall. “Our sponsors help keep this festival going each year, as well as keep the festival entry and parking free to guests.”

Hall said the balloons are always a magical part of the event. “All of our hot air balloons were able to glow and it was magical. Kids were able to trick-or-treat with the balloon crew and over 3,000 pieces of candy were given away.”

If anybody missed the Anna Glowfest, do not fret, Hall said there is another community event planned for this year. “This is the 2nd to last annual event the Chamber will hold for the community in 2017. Nest up is the Downtown Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 9.”