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Doreen H.
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Report | 17 days ago
Make sure to bring your own chair or blanket as there wasn't even a bench or anything for sitting. I brought my elderly parents and they had to go back to the car in the parking lot for a place to sit. :(
Kathy c.
Verified
Report | a month ago
Dress warm, layers
Jodie S.
Verified
Report | a month ago
Go early and dress warmly!
micheal b.
Verified
Report | a month ago
Leave earlier than you think.
Laurie E.
Verified
Report | a month ago
Bring your camera and blanket.
Chantda S.
Verified
Report | a month ago
Get there early or there will be no balloons until late in the afternoon
tracy k.
Verified
Report | a month ago
The balloon glow was very cool...but plan on arriving early to avoid traffic.
Heather L.
Verified
Report | a month ago
Arrive early! We wanted to get there for the sunset balloon glow, and it took an hour to get through the traffic just to park. Once we got inside, the balloons deflated. :( The fireworks were great! We just didn't plan ahead very well.
Sharon H.
Verified
Report | a month ago
Parking is a real problem and VERY time consuming. Otherwise it was a great time!!!
Colleen S.
Verified
Report | a month ago
We went on the Saturday night and it took a while (20 - 25 min.) to get into the parking, so be prepared for that. Sunday morning was much faster - I drove right in. Go In the evening if you just want to see the tethered ballons lit up. If you want to see them take off, go in the early mornings.
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It begins with a flurry of activity. Balloon operators prepare for lift-off, checking equipment and tossing ropes as spectators wander the grounds, observing the action. And then it reaches a new level: dozens of balloons take flight at once, filling the crisp January dawn sky with brilliant blues, purples, oranges, and reds that rival the colors around them. The Arizona Balloon Classic's orbs then set off on an aerial hare-and-hound race, drawing cheers from below as onlookers snap pictures.

For one weekend each year, visitors gather on the grounds to snap pictures and watch the balloons inflate and lift-off outside the Fear Farm Entertainment & Sports Complex for the Classic??a three-day festival celebrating hot-air balloon flight and culture. But the fun doesn't end with the descent to earth. After sunset the tethered balloons begin to glow, lighting up for the DESERT GLOWS portion of the festivities. Attendees browse exhibits and feast on treats from a variety of vendors, and children play in the Family Fun Zone. Last, on Saturday evening, sparks give balloons a run for their money, springing through the sky in a stunning fireworks display.

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