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Jan 7, 2018

Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair January 10-21, 2018

            With a new location and date, 70-plus hot air balloons, food, entertainment and rides, the eighth annual Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair is heating up for a spectacular January.

Our Title Partner, Anderson Toyota is back for another year supporting the Balloons Above Windsor Beach at Windsor 4 (AZ State Parks).

The three-day festival is slated for January 19th through the 21st (it was formally held on MLK weekend) and is expected to bring more than 24,000 visitors to the event. According to organizers, it’s the largest balloon festival in January in the U.S. and attracts balloonists from Canada, the Midwest and overseas.

The biggest change this year is the festival location as it will no longer be held on the island so there won’t be as many traffic problems as in the past. There is also more offsite parking with four huge parking lots that attendees can use and buses and shuttles will bring people to and from the front gates. The new location will be at Windsor 4 park, Lake Havasu State Park, close to the famous London Bridge.  The 2018 event theme is Balloons Above Windsor Beach to further get out the message of the new location.

One of the most popular activities is the balloon glow at night, which features a DJ and MC and will be choreographed to music. When balloons glow and the lights flicker, it is heart-pumping and spectacular. During the day, balloon pilots also do a “splash-and-dash” over the water close to the London Bridge in the channel, bringing the balloon baskets to barely touch the water. It takes a lot of skill by the pilot to accomplish that.

For entertainment, three headline acts will don the stage, including “The Walkens”, “One of These Nights” and “Matt Farris”. A variety of local bands and other live music along with local clubs, karate and youth clubs will provide additional entertainment. Carnival rides and pony rides will delight kids and a 5k “Run With Balloons” will be held inside the state park.

Please plan on coming out and enjoying the whole day. Come for the balloon launch in the morning, enjoy the entertainment all day and stay for the balloon glow in the evening.

The festival is run 100 percent by volunteers and takes approximately 1,400 to 2,000 people to donate their time for the three-day event. Many volunteers spend their time all year long in the planning stages.  Funds raised are divided amongst two Lake Havasu City Lions and three Rotary clubs which they in turn donate back into the local community. Our hope is that you come to help us raise money to give back to less fortunate, while having a great time! A golf tournament will be held the weekend prior as a fundraiser with a $10,000 cash prize.

Lake Havasu City is a fun place to be and a day trip from Laughlin, Las Vegas, and Phoenix. We hope everyone decides to attend, have fun outside while enjoying our great weather.  It’s a very colorful, delightful, spectacular event.   For more information, visit havasuballoonfest.com.


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March 25, 2017

Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair Moves

Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair, Inc., a nonprofit 501©3 corporation representing a consortium of Rotary and Lions Club wish to announce the following:

The Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair, Inc. announces a change in the location and dates for our 2018 event. Our new location will be at the Lake Havasu State Park, also known as Windsor 4 Park, located at 699 London Bridge Road, Lake Havasu, AZ 86403. The dates will be January 19-21, 2018, and the theme will be “Balloons over Windsor Beach”.

Thanks to thousands of volunteer hours, the Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair has given over the past 7 years, through the Rotary and Lions Clubs of Lake Havasu City $803,100 to charitable and civic needs in Lake Havasu City. This event is not possible without the community volunteers, corporate business partnerships, and vital partnerships with other community organizations and businesses. Lake Havasu City is filled with residents that lend itself to such a wonderful giving community and we should all be proud of the good this event does while showcasing our natural beauty and great hospitality.

The Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair, Inc., wishes to thank the management of The Nautical Beachfront Resort and other island businesses for their support and partnership over the years. We credit their willingness to work with us throughout these past 7 years and hope all will stay actively involved as we continue to offer this community event that was envisioned as a modest fundraiser by a Rotarian and a Lion some 8 years ago. The organization expects improved traffic flows, a better visitor experience and cost savings that will ultimately benefit the community of Lake Havasu City. Thank you to all who help us reach that dream in Lake Havasu City.


The Havasu Balloon festival and fair is pleased to announce that Anderson Toyota has become the naming partner for 2017. This agreement means that all publicity and selected merchandise will include the Anderson Toyota name. Anderson has indicated an interest in a multi year agreement which is under discussion. Balloonfest board is very grateful to Anderson Toyota for committing to this signature event for Lake Havasu City. Their financial commitment assists the Lions and Rotary clubs in giving back into our community through their donations to other non-profit organizations throughout Lake Havasu City.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 25, 2017

Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair Moves

Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair, Inc., a nonprofit 501©3 corporation representing a consortium of Rotary and Lions Club wish to announce the following:

The Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair, Inc. announces a change in the location and dates for our 2018 event. Our new location will be at the Lake Havasu State Park, also known as Windsor 4 Park, located at 699 London Bridge Road, Lake Havasu, AZ 86403. The dates will be January 19-21, 2018, and the theme will be “Balloons over Windsor Beach”.

Thanks to thousands of volunteer hours, the Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair has given over the past 7 years, through the Rotary and Lions Clubs of Lake Havasu City $803,100 to charitable and civic needs in Lake Havasu City. This event is not possible without the community volunteers, corporate business partnerships, and vital partnerships with other community organizations and businesses. Lake Havasu City is filled with residents that lend itself to such a wonderful giving community and we should all be proud of the good this event does while showcasing our natural beauty and great hospitality.

The Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair, Inc., wishes to thank the management of The Nautical Beachfront Resort and other island businesses for their support and partnership over the years. We credit their willingness to work with us throughout these past 7 years and hope all will stay actively involved as we continue to offer this community event that was envisioned as a modest fundraiser by a Rotarian and a Lion some 8 years ago. The organization expects improved traffic flows, a better visitor experience and cost savings that will ultimately benefit the community of Lake Havasu City. Thank you to all who help us reach that dream in Lake Havasu City.


The Havasu Balloon festival and fair is pleased to announce that Anderson Toyota has become the naming partner for 2017. This agreement means that all publicity and selected merchandise will include the Anderson Toyota name. Anderson has indicated an interest in a multi year agreement which is under discussion. Balloonfest board is very grateful to Anderson Toyota for committing to this signature event for Lake Havasu City. Their financial commitment assists the Lions and Rotary clubs in giving back into our community through their donations to other non-profit organizations throughout Lake Havasu City.


GRAND OPENING OF THE BALLOONFEST STORE!

GRAND OPENING of our new location for the Havasu Balloonfest Store on Thursday, November 5th from 5-7 pm.

Location is 2109 McCulloch Blvd. two doors west of Springberg McAndrew Park!

Come and see some of the new selection of this years’ merchandise! Sign up for volunteer opportunities

We will be giving away cotton candy or a snow cone treat!

You might even get a gift – Bring your family and friends!

A couple of our pilots will be “Glowing” at the Springberg McAndrew Park for our GRAND OPENING! (weather permitting). Enjoy the Magical Family Fun that is happing now!!!

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PRESS RELEASE
Dean Baker – Marketing Chair Havasu Balloon Festival & Fair (928)-486-3368
RE: Balloon Festival Store Grand Opening & Balloon night Glow

The 5th annual 2015 Havasu Balloon Festival & Fair is fast approaching! Our new festival merchandise store will be celebrating its Grand Opening next month, September 25th. We are excited about our new location on main street McCulloch, at 2069 McCulloch Blvd. N, next to Printing Plus and Havasu Hardware. You will love our new line of apparel for all ages and Hot Air balloon Merchandise.

The stores grand opening will feature 3 Hot Air Balloons which will be performing a night glow beginning just before dusk, the balloons will be tethered and inflated, and the burners will fill the balloons and the night sky with a kaleidoscope of brilliant colors (wind permitting). Onlookers are encouraged to walk amongst the balloons and take in the brilliance and talk with the pilots. The Balloons will be located at the Springberg McAndrew Park across from BJ’s bar on main street McCulloch.

This year’s festival is going to be better than ever with 60+ balloons and all new special shaped balloons.

The Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair, Inc. promotes philanthropy, volunteerism, and community camaraderie. With your support and the 1,000 plus volunteers the local event generated over $100,000 to charities last year. Come out and have fun and show your local support!

Havasu Balloon Festival & Fair – January 16-18, 2015 at the Nautical Inn Golf Course. For more details visit www.HavasuBalloonFest.com
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AMERICAN BUS ASSOCIATION NAMESthe Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair ONE OF NORTH AMERICA’S 100 BEST EVENTS FOR 2014

The Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair Event is a Ticket to Fun and to Critical Group Tourism Dollars

Lake Havasu City, AZ January 17-19, 2014

The American Bus Association (ABA) announced today that the Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair held, January 17 – 19, 2014, has been designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2014 by an experienced expert tourism industry selection committee. Inclusion in the Top 100 list, published as a supplement to the September/October issue of Destinations magazine, indicates that the Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair offers excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world, according to ABA. With the release of the American Bus Association’s 2014 Top 100 Events in North America, ABA celebrates 32 years of the program. What began as a way for motorcoach operators to incorporate new product into their itineraries has grown to one of the most sought after lists by travel professionals, motorcoach operators and the general public.

“The attractiveness of the Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair as a don’t-miss entertainment value is only part of why its selection this year is such a distinction for the Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair,” said Peter J. Pantuso, CTIS, ABA’s president and CEO.

“The real news here is that the Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair has been recognized as a potential magnet for tourism dollars, at a time when reenergizing domestic tourism is so important to our spirit and our economy. The honor gives the Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair an important boost in visibility among professional tour planners.”

According to studies completed by researchers at The George Washington University and Dunham and Associates, one overnight visit by a motorcoach group can leave from US $5,000 to more than US $11,000 in a local destination’s economy. Those dollars are spent on lodging, meals, admissions, fees, shopping, souvenirs, services and local taxes.

“Motorcoach groups spend more and stay longer,” Pantuso said. “That’s why the Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair is truly a local economic asset. There is no better way to jump-start tourism than to attract motorcoach groups to a great event and convince them to extend their stay.”

ABA’s 2014 Top 100 Events Selection Committee selected the Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair from hundreds of event nominations submitted by ABA members. Judges considered the event’s broad appeal, its accessibility to motorcoaches and skill at handling large groups, and a variety of other relevant criteria. The Top 100 Events list is available online at http://www.buses.org/News-Publications/Top-100.