Old West Balloon Fest and National Championship Competition and Mass Ascension August 10th – August 17th, 2019. Hot air balloons from different states as far away as Kentucky, will fill the Western Nebraska skies. This will be an action packed weekend with entertainment, there will be something for the whole family to enjoy.
Saturday, August 10 – Grand Opening Ceremonies – US Nationals Pilot Meet and Greet 5:30-7:30- p.m. Location; 10th Street, Gering, NE – Kick off the week of National Hot Air Ballooning competition by welcoming our nationals pilots.
Monday, August 12 through Thursday, August 15 – US National Hot Air Balloon Championship competition – Target locations will be announced on KNEB at 6:00 a.m, each morning.
Thursday, August 15 – WNCC hosts the Student Welcome Back Night Glow – Public Welcome 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Location – Western Nebraska Community College, Scottsbluff, NE
Friday, August 16 – Platte Valley Companies presents Old West Balloon Fest sunrise launch and US National Hot Air Balloon Competition begins at 6:15 a.m. the gates open at 5:30 a.m. Location – Mitchell Airfield, Mitchell, NE. NEW special shapes will be revealed this year, tethered rides for children. NEW food and merchandise vendors and kid education zone on the field each morning.
Saturday, August 17 – Platte Valley Companies presents Old West Balloon Fest sunrise launch and US National Hot Air Balloon competition begins at 6:15 a.m. the gates open at 5:30 a.m. Location – Mitchell Airfield, Mitchell, NE. NEW special shapes will be revealed this year and tethered rides for children will be offered. NEW food and merchandise vendors and kid education zone on the field each morning.
Saturday August 17 – KNEB Night Glow at Five Rocks Amphitheater. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. We will have the popular Kid zone, food trucks, beer garden, music, and over 70 hot air balloons will glow from 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Location – Five Rocks Amphitheater in Gering, NE
See the official websites listed below for more details and parking pass.
For more information on becoming an event sponsor, Contact Colleen Johnson (308)225-0128.
Date: August, see Website for exact date.
Old Airport Grounds South of Mitchell