From bumblebees, to butterflies and even Smokey the Bear, there will be a special shaped balloon to please every member of the family.
Bring an appetite because on the ground attendees will find dozens of food and novelty vendors, hours of live music, wine and craft beer tastings and opportunities to mingle with the balloon pilots. For the kids, there’s a special area with a slew of inflatable attractions a climbing wall and much more.
Saturday morning will begin with a family-friendly 5K fun run, proceeds benefitting the 100 Club of Arizona. A second balloon glow will follow that evening.
Also, enjoy the “Hare and Hound” balloon competition. Grand Marshall Bill Cutter will start off the race by launching his own balloon. He will land his balloon and lay out the target where the other balloon will then launch and race to the finish line. Each balloon pilot (or hounds) tries to drop a bean bag closest to the center of the target to win a variety of prizes.
Sunday morning will round off the weekend with a competitive balloon race. The hot air balloon pilots will show off their skills by competing in a race to launch and land at one of three declared spots to win a prize.
Tickets range from $10 to $20 per person. Kids ages 12 and younger are free.
Some activities require an additional fee. Please visit the website at www.outwestballoonfest.com for more information.