36th AnnualTelluride Balloon Festival This Weekend!

36th AnnualTelluride Balloon Festival This Weekend!

“If you hold my hand we’ll chase your dream across the sky/For we can fly, we can fly” (Fifth Dimension’s “Up, Up and Away,” 1967)

Icarus tried it, but he got too close to the sun and crashed. Hopefully the pilots coming to Telluride will have better luck.

This weekend marks the 36th annual Telluride Balloon Festival, Friday, May 31– Sunday, June 2, 2019.

“I guess the appeal is the wonderful feeling of drifting along with the breeze,” said one pilot. “We’ve all had dreams of flying or floating. Balloon pilots make those dreams come true. Like sailing, ballooning has everything to do with the wind and being out in nature, which I love. Ballooning is also very social: you meet people from all over the world and get to visit lots of wonderful places like Telluride.”

This year, participating pilots are from Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah and most have been flying in this event for many years.

balloon fest, balloon, Ingram Falls

Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting, balloons will inflate and fly from Town Park, at about 6:30 a.m. Coffee, hot chocolate and other goodies will be sold starting at 6 a.m. to help keep on-lookers warm while enjoying the action on the field and in the air.

balloon fest, Glow

Saturday evening Main Street/Colorado Avenue will be closed between Aspen and Willow Streets beginning at 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. for the Main Street GLO.  Although the event is always dependent on the weather – too much wind turns everything off – when it does happen, the GLO provides amazing photo opportunities and fun for the whole family as balloons inflate, showing off a rainbow of colors against the night sky and illuminating the town’s beautiful historic buildings.

Ballon Fest 3 - 2014


Balloon Fest2 - 2014


Baloon Fest4 - 2014

Up, up and away….

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