World Champion to compete at Balloon Festival

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Organizers with the 2013 Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival have received some exciting news recently. It has been announced that Nick Donner, the reigning World Champion, will be one of the pilots at the event.

Also attending is the current U.S. National Champion, Paul Petrehn, former two-time World Champion, Johnny Petrehn; and current U.S. National Runner-up, Joe Zvada.

All of them, along with up to 50 other pilots, will be vying for a win at this year's event. This will be the only other ballooning event apart from the U.S. Nationals that has confirmation of these outstanding pilots all in one place at the same time.

Taking place at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center from Thursday, September 26, until Sunday, September 29, this event will offer festival fun, as well as competitive flights from Friday morning until Sunday morning.

So make plans to check out this year's 2013 Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival, and see the very best pilots in the world attending. It's sure to be a great event.

For more information on the festival, contact the Ascension Festivals and Cultural Council by calling 225.677.8902, or visit