Balloon festival suggestions...
Here are some suggested ways to enjoy the Mancos Valley Hot Air Balloons September 27, 28 and 29 and support the Medicine Horse Center.
Attend the Masonic Lodge Pancake Breakfast on Sept. 15. Tickets are $5 and available by calling 970-560-0203.
Buy a ride! Prices are $125/person with an amazing view of the Mancos Valley.
Come to the balloon glow in Boyle Park on Friday night, Sept. 28. Meet the pilots from all over the nation (and Great Britain). Feel the heat from the burners and see the special shaped balloons that only make their appearance for this event.
Visit Boyle Park and watch the balloons inflate and launch Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. Stand in the park and watch the drama of the morning launch. Is the wind right? Who is taking off first?
If the winds stay quiet, be in Boyle Park for a $10 tethered ride. Jump in the basket and experience the sensation of going up and down in a hot air balloon that floats over the park.
Just canít make it to the balloon launches or really want a hot air balloon to land near your home? Here is how you can raise your odds of that happening. Place a white or any light colored sheet where the pilots are welcome to land. In the end only the winds know where the balloon will land. However, with a welcome sheet in the pasture or yard, you may end up with visitors from the sky.
Landowners can register for a balloon ride drawing. The drawing will take place on Saturday night Sept. 29 during the dinner being held at the hardware store. To enter, please visit the visitor center to complete a registration card. You may also register at the festival icket Boboth in Boyle Park during the flight days and on Friday evening during the balloon glow.