Will you be in Branson, Missouri this weekend?  If so, make plans to attend the 4th Annual Branson Balloon Festival.  Featuring 20 hot air balloons from seven different states, skydiving, powered parachutes, helicopter rides, entertainment plus food and merchandise vendors, the event is the premier hot air balloon showcase in the Ozarks.  The Branson Balloon Festival lifts off August 22 and will continue through August 24, 2014.

The schedule of events for the Branson Balloon Festival:

Friday, August 22, 2014
5:00pm: Opening Ceremony
5:00pm-9:00pm: Live entertainment, food, vendors, tethered balloon rides for $10, Balloon Glow

Saturday, August 23, 2014
6:30am-9:00am:  FREE ADMISSION to come and watch.  To fly in the balloons you MUST register in advance.
9:00am-9:00pm: Tandem Skydiving opportunities for the public (reservations required), helicopter rides, powered parachutes, ultralight aircraft , remote control planes, food, vendors, and live entertainment
6:30pm-8:30pm:   Tethered hot air balloon rides for $10, live entertainment, food, vendors, and Balloon Glow

Sunday, August 24, 2014
6:00am: Balloon Flights by reservation only.  No other activities scheduled.

A balloon flight normally lasts about 45-60 minutes in the air. During this time, you will be surrounded by the beauty of the other balloons and the majestic rolling hills of the Ozarks. Not only will you get the opportunity to fly, but you will get to watch the pilot and crew inflate the balloon.  You must reserve your balloon flight in advance.  Cost is $250 per person.   Allow at least 3 hours total time for the entire experience from start to finish.

Hot air balloon flights take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings at sunrise.  There is only one flight each day.  Just want to watch?  Arrive by sunrise if you want to see 20 hot air balloons taking flight. 

Even if you’re not planning on riding in a hot air balloon, you should still attend this event for all of the activities available – including the balloon glow.  Around dusk, you’ll see all of the hot balloons illuminating like candles.  It’s a gorgeous sight and, for us, is the highlight of the event.

Tandem Skydiving is new for this year’s event.  If you’ve always wanted to try this extreme activity, where better than Branson?  Sign up now to experience the rush of jumping out of plane at 10,000 feet.  The free-fall is an adrenaline-pumping rush, while the feeling of flying is a breathtaking, unforgettable moment.  Cost is $250 per person.

The Branson Balloon Festival is free to the public.  Location for the event is the Branson RecPlex at 1500 Branson Hills Parkway.

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