1987 was the first year of the LIONS CLUB BALLOON FESTIVAL AND FAIR, at Highland Village, Texas, with two balloon flights scheduled during the one-day event.  With the help of the North Texas Ballooning Association, there were eighteen balloons involved.  The festival, with twenty five craft booths, drew an estimated two thousand people.  As the festival grew larger year after year, constant improvements were incorporated.  Two simultaneous balloon glows, on stage entertainment, food and drink vending, covered and lighted tents for arts and crafters, and a carnival were added to the festival.  From a humble beginning over twenty years ago, the Lions Club Balloon Festival and Fair at Highland Village, Texas, has grown to be the largest scheduled event in Denton County with upward of twenty five thousand people attending.  The Lions Club Balloon Festival and Fair is truly the premier event of Denton County.