Erie Town Fair and Balloon Launch

20th Annual Erie Town Fair and Balloon Festival

hot air balloon crew launching Erie coloradoEvent Details For Erie Town Fair and Balloon Launch

Friday May 20, 2016, Saturday May 21, 2016 and Sunday May 22, 2016.  Balloons launch at 6:15 am at the Colorado National Golf Club  in Vista Ridge, Erie Colorado.  Questions? Contact the Erie Chamber of Commerce at 303-828-3440.  Event is free and open to the public.  Parking on Saturday can be tricky with larger crowds.  I have found that attending Friday is the best day.  The balloonists are excited to be launching and it is possible to get up close and personal with the crews.  Saturday there are so many people out for the Erie Town Fair and Balloon launch, it is almost too much.

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Balloons ascending in Vista Ridge, Erie Colorado
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A lot of effort goes into a successful launch. The crews monitor conditions, then lay out their crafts. While the pilot and passengers ascend, the ground crew begins tracking the balloon for the landing.
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Pilot, navigator, engineer.

Downtown Erie Town Fair and Balloon Details

There will be over two hundred vendors and crafts booths at the Historic Downtown Erie Coal Creek Park location of this year’s festival.  The Goonies – Colorado’s best 80’s band- will be performing.  Here is a map of vendors for the event.  Of course, my favorite part of the annual Erie Town Fair and Balloon event is the hot air balloons launching into the sky.  I like talking to the crews and hearing first hand from the soon to soar passengers.  Heck, I even had the opportunity a few years ago to chat with some folks who landed in my backyard with their hot air balloon.  Check out the story here.

Here are some additional photos to get you in the mood for this year’s festival.

little kids running near a balloon inflating at the 19th erie town fair and ballloon festival
Kids love the balloons
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Balloons over Vista Ridge
under a balloon in 2015
Looking skyward in 2015

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Realtor Bob Gordon Blogger and Hot Air Ballooning Fan


















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