The 1st annual Hot Air for Hope Balloon Festival is set to take off this weekend. The festival will run from May 19-21 at Lampe Park in Gardnerville, Nevada, benefiting the Center for Hope and Healing.
The Hot Air Balloon Festival begins with pilots practicing flights alongside news media, first responders, and veterans who have experienced personal and professional losses. Then, the Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School Choir will sing the National Anthem, followed by a Mass Ascension. The event will wind down on Friday, with Downtown Minden hosting a "Glow Show" with music, illuminated balloons, and snacks in the evening.
On Saturday morning, the pilot competition begins with another Mass Ascension accompanied by the Carson Valley Middle School's rendition of the National Anthem. After the launch, visitors can enjoy a pancake breakfast fundraiser, live music by Roland Haas, food trucks, craft vendors, nonprofit organizations, and a Kids Zone. Tethered balloon rides and a walk-through balloon add to the excitement.
Saturday also features two stages, one showcasing artist sponsored by the Nashville Social Club and the other celebrating local performing and visual artists, providing diverse entertainment options.
Sunday morning sees the continuation of the pilot competition, with Ben Johnson performing the National Anthem. The event concludes with another awe-inspiring Mass Ascension.
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