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Hot Air Balloon Festival – September 24th to 28th, 2014



High River welcomes the International Hot Air Balloon Festival and Western Canadian Championship


Photo by Shane LockyerAgain this year High River, Alberta will welcome the Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival featuring the
Western Canadian Championship – September 24 – 28, 2014. Organized by a volunteer committee of balloon
enthusiasts, this event promises to be an amazing opportunity to see how far the community has come in the last
year.
Sponsored by Heritage Inn Hotels, this event will host some of the finest balloon pilots to compete in the
Championship. A total of 22 balloons will be featured including the “Ultramagic Friendship Balloon, the return
of “Nelly B” from Belgium”, and a brand new special art work balloon “Tamo” of Fort Collins, CO.

Media Briefing
The Welcome and Media Briefing will take place at the beginning of the event on Wednesday, September 24,
2014 at the Heritage Inn Hotel, High River Alberta at 4:30 p.m. followed by an opportunity to watch the launch
of 22 balloons into the sky for an evening flight (weather permitting).

Balloon Night Glow
Friday night, September 26, 2014 offers a unique opportunity to watch the famous “Balloon Night Glow” at
the ball diamonds located to the east of the Snodgrass Recreation Complex. at 8:00 p.m. (weather permitting –
the alternate night for the balloon glow Saturday, September 27, 2014).

Daily Flights
Thursday through Saturday flights will take place daily flights at 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Sunday the final
flight will be a morning flight at 7:30 a.m.

Competition Winners Announced
The competition winners will be presented at the Stampede Stage at the High River Show and Shine in downtown
High River at 12:00 p.m. Sunday, September 28, 2014.


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