Up, up and away!

“In my beautiful, my beautiful balloon…” This song and lyrics by the 5th Dimension always makes me smile.  And makes me happy.

Photo by Ty Holland

Photo by Ty Holland

To add to that, I love hot air balloons.  Many years ago, I met a balloonist who had been to Malcolm Forbes’ castle in France to join in a huge hot air balloon rally.  Malcolm Forbes also participated in the rally, as he was a major fan of hot air balloons.

The Festival of Color hot air balloon rally in Sierra Vista may not have celebrities such as Malcolm Forbes, but the rally is always well attended by local residents and visitors. 

What I love are the colors of the balloons against the crisp blue of our autumn skies.  Just spectacular.

Sierra Vista’s Festival of Color will be held on November 1 & 2 in Veterans’ Memorial Park on Fry Boulevard.   On Saturday and Sunday mornings, there will be a Balloon Launch from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m.  That’s glory to behold.  All the balloons setting up and slowly rising into the morning. 

Then, during the day on Saturday, there will be food vendors, kite flying, an airplane parade and bands playing.  It’s an entire day of fun for the family. 

And one of the most awesome sights is the Balloon Glow from 7 to 8 p.m. on Saturday night. Against the night skies, the balloons’ fires will be ignited and trust me, it’s a brilliant sight. 

If you’ve never been to a hot air balloon rally, you should take the time to come to Sierra Vista for the Festival of Color.  All events are weather permitting.

Photo by Ty Holland

Photo by Ty Holland

And to close… 

We could float among the stars together, you and I

For we can fly, we can fly…

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