FESTIVAL OF HOT AIR BALLOONS TO LAUNCH JULY 12, 2007
Celebrating its eighteenth 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 2007 Hot Air Balloon Classic is a two-day event at Keiser Park in Windsor that begins early Saturday, July 12 and wraps up Sunday, July 13. 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 known as the Dawn Patrol . These early risers begin their weekend mornings before daylight to launch at 5 a.m. Dedicated balloon pilots use heat to fill their balloons during the dark morning, making for a breathtaking sight. For those who consider 5 a.m. too early and have not yet risen, many more balloons lift off during the Main Launch at 6:30 a.m. 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 am.
Proceeds from the festival benefit the following charitable organizations:
• Sonoma County Literacy Connection
• Windsor Education Foundation
• Town of Windsor Non Profit Fund
Official Website: http://www.schabc.org
Added by pcaballoons on December 22, 2007