How to Manage Your Expectations for the Jackson Hot Air Balloon Classic

Last weekend Acklen Park Productions hosted one of it's infamous hot air balloon festivals in Clarksville, and like the other events they've hosted in other nearby cities, it ended with irate customers storming Facebook to accuse the company of misleading them.  There were, however, a few people who had a good time, most likely because …

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A Look Back at Last Night’s Clarksville Hot Air Balloon Classic

Last night Acklen Park Productions brought its traveling hot air balloon festival to the city of Clarksville.  After combing through the angry social media fallout from past events, this was my first time to witness everything play out in real time.  Readers may recall that morning I posted my predictions for what would go down, …

The Jackson Hot Air Balloon Classic Has Been Rescheduled!

Acklen Park Productions, the troubled production company behind many postponed or otherwise disappointing events, recently took to Facebook with a big announcement.  At least for now, the Jackson Hot Air Balloon Classic that was originally scheduled for May 19th has finally been rescheduled.  The new date, at least for now, is June 9th. Of course, …

Crash and Burn: Acklen Park Productions’ Shocking History of Failure and Deception

Hopes were high for 2018's Franklin Hot Air Balloon Festival.  Organized and promoted by Nashville's Acklen Park Productions, the event was originally scheduled Saturday May 5th.  Persistent storms forced the event to be postponed until Sunday, but after a day of clear and sunny skies, another round of storms unexpectedly blew in just as the …

Music City Hot Air Balloon Festival: Another Shameful Disappointment From Acklen Park Productions

Okay, finally.  After spending the last few weeks documenting social media and local media fallout after events planned by Acklen Park Productions, I've finally reached the last one on my list.  This time we'll be looking back at the Music City Hot Air Balloon Festival. The event was actually held on the date it was …

The Mt. Juliet Hot Air Balloon Festival Succeed in Not Pissing Anyone Off

By now, I'm sick of writing about the fallout from events hosted by Nashville's Acklen Park Productions.  But I set out to document the public response to each of their past events in hopes that local media will possibly do some cursory research into their events before blindly promoting it across their powerful platforms.  But …

Mixed Reviews for Franklin Taco & Tequila Festival

Acklen Park Productions recently hosted it's traveling Taco & Tequila Festival in Franklin, Tennessee.  While it wasn't the unmitigated disaster residents experienced at their Hot Air Balloon Festival, it also wasn't the unanimous success of their Boro Taco & Tequila Fest.  According to reactions from Facebook and the Williamson Source, the event was liked by some …

Boro Taco & Tequila Festival is an Unexpected Success for Acklen Park Productions

Ever since Nashville's Acklen Park Productions rolled into my adopted hometown of Chattanooga and delivered their underwhelming Taco & Tequila Festival, I've continued to follow the wake of outrage they leave producing similar events in other cities.  Whether they run out of food, postpone the event at the last minute, or take to Facebook to …

The 2018 Franklin Hot Air Balloon Festival Was a Shocking Disaster, Even by Acklen Park Productions’ Standards

By now it should come as no surprise that an event produced by Acklen Park Productions would devolve into a colossal shit show.  Anyone who has followed their recent events in Chattanooga, Clarksville, Jackson or Sumner County knows the game... they roll into town, heavily promote an event online, peddle non-refundable tickets that can only …