FESTIVAL OF HOT AIR BALLOONS TO LAUNCH JUNE 15, 2013
Celebrating its 23rd year, a group of volunteers
known as the Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic will again launch the
festivities and fill the skies of Windsor, California, with color and light!
The 2013 Hot Air Balloon Classic is a two-day event at Keiser Park in Windsor
that begins early Saturday, June 15, and wraps up Sunday, June 16. Opportunities
are available for volunteers, sponsorship, and spectators to contribute
to the event. Funds raised benefit local charitable organizations.
One of the most spectacular sights during the Hot Air Balloon Classic is the Dawn Patrol . These early risers begin their weekend mornings before daylight
to launch at 5:00 AM. Dedicated balloon pilots use heat to fill their balloons
during the dark morning, making for a breathtaking sight. For those who consider
5:00 AM too early and have not yet risen, many more balloons lift off during the
Main Launch at 6:30 AM. While the balloons fly overhead, the park will be host
to food, music, and crafts vendors who turn out to serve spectators and enjoy
the festivities, which run until 11:00 AM. Please note that most ballooning activities take place early in the morning. Once the balloons launch, there will be tethered balloons on site, but times for tethers are dependent on wind conditions.
Proceeds from the festival benefit the following charitable organizations:
- Windsor Education Foundation
- Redwood Empire Food Bank
Opportunities are available for volunteers, sponsorship, and spectators to contribute
to the event.
The Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic (SCHABC) is a non-profit organization
dedicated to building awareness in and promoting the sport of hot air ballooning,
in addition to helping raise money for local charitable organizations. SCHABC
is made up of many dedicated volunteers from all walks of life. Dedicated balloon
pilots usually own their own balloons and donate their money, time, crew, and
fuel to attend and help promote hot air ballooning during the Classic, now in
its 23rd year.
Want to experience the thrill of your life and sail above the rolling
hills of Wine Country? Adopt a balloon and bring a friend. Find
out how you can sponsor our event and get your own hot air balloon ride for two.
Afraid of heights? Take baby steps.
Learn about tethered balloon rides.