New event to take place during Balloonfest

The first Balloonfest 5K walk/run will be held in conjunction with the annual festival but will be held adjacent to the LeFlore County Fairgrounds at the PARC complex.The race will be held on Oct. 19 and will begin at 5 p.m. If you would like to participate in the race, you can register the day of the race but to ensure a t-shirt participants are encouraged to pre-register by Oct. 5. Registration forms can by obtained online at or Registration is $20 until Oct. 5 when the fee will increase to $25. Pre-registered participants will receive armbands for the Balloonfest and Bikes, Balloons and Barbecue along with a Balloonfest 5K t-shirt. Free event parking will be located at the back parking lot near the soccer fields. Entrance to the designated parking area is located of Old Wister Highway. For more information about the Balloonfest and 5K walk/run contact Shannon delaCruz at the Poteau Chamber of Commerce at (918) 647-9178, e-mail at, Michael Culwell at (918) 647-4525 or e-mail