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Tour De Paris and Balloon/Music Festival Next Week in Paris


The Paris Balloon and Music Festival has grown so much that it has been moved to the Lamar County Fairgrounds. The festival begins Friday (Jul 14) at 5:00 pm and will feature more balloons and pilots as well as lots of children’s activities. There will be more than 50 vendors and food trucks. Music will feature Hannah Kirby, The Blues Butchers, The Billion Dollar Blues Band, and Jake Worthington. The $5 entry fee benefits the Paris Area Arts Alliance and Paris Blues Society.

At least 1300 bicyclists are expected to arrive in Northeast Texas this week for the 33rd annual Tour de Paris on Saturday (Jul 15). The tour begins at 8:00 am on Jefferson across the road from Paris Junior High School. It features multiple routes that are tailored to riders of all skill levels. These include the 14 & 21-mile Trail Rides and the 20, 35, 57, 66, and 80-mile county routes. For more information, or to sign up, go to