Council announces Hot Air Balloon Festival schedule of events

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

The Ascension Festivals and Cultural Council is pleased to announce their event schedule for the upcoming 2013 Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival held from Friday, Sept. 27 until Sunday, Sept. 29. For more information on the Championship races and Festival, visit www.ascensionballooning.com.

Friday, Sept. 27: Morning Session

6 a.m.

  • Lamar Dixon Expo Center Gates Open (Admission $2.00 per person)

6:30 a.m.

  • Pilot Briefing - Lamar-Dixon - Pilot Tent

6:55 a.m.

  • Sunrise

7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

  • First Competition Flight - Lamar Dixon Field (Fly In or Fly Out)

7 a.m. – 12 noon.

  • Children's Inflatables Area (42" & Below) ($10.00 per person)
  • Adventure Zone ($25.00 per person or $5.00 per ticket)

7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.

  • Special Shape Balloons Inflation - Lamar Dixon Field
  • Hot Air Balloon Tethered Rides - Lamar Dixon Field ($20.00 per person)

12 noon

  • Lamar Dixon Expo Center Gates Closed

Friday, Sept. 27: Afternoon Session

2:30 p.m.

  • Lamar Dixon Expo Center Gates Open (Admission $2.00 per person)

3 – 7 p.m.

  • Hot Air Balloon Tethered Rides - Lamar Dixon Field ($20.00 per person)

3 – 9 p.m.

  • Children's Inflatables Area (42" & Below) ($10.00 per person)
  • Adventure Zone ($25.00 per person or $5.00 per ticket)

4:30 p.m.

  • Pilot Briefing

5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

  • Second Competition Flight - Lamar Dixon Field (Fly In or Fly Out)

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

  • Special Shaped Balloons Inflation and Glow - Lamar-Dixon Field

6:54 p.m.

  • Sunset

7:15 p.m. – 8 p.m.

  • Hot Air Balloon Glow – Lamar Dixon Field

8:30 p.m.

  • Fireworks – Lamar Dixon Field

9 p.m.

  • Event closed

Saturday, Sept. 28: Morning Session

6 a.m.

  • Lamar Dixon Expo Center Gates Open (Admission $2.00 per person)

6:30 a.m.

  • Pilot Briefing - Lamar-Dixon - Pilot Tent

6:56 a.m.

  • Sunrise

7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

  • Third Competition Flight - Lamar Dixon Field (Fly In or Fly Out)

7 a.m. – 12 noon

  • Children's Inflatables Area (42" & Below) ($10.00 per person)
  • Adventure Zone ($25.00 per person or $5.00 per ticket)

7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

  • Special Shape Balloons Inflation - Lamar Dixon Field
  • Hot Air Balloon Tethered Rides - Lamar Dixon Field ($20.00 per person)

8:30 a.m. – 12 noon

  • Powered Parachute Flyover and Display

12 noon

  • Lamar Dixon Expo Center Gates Closed

Saturday, Sept. 28: Afternoon Session

2:30 p.m.

  • Lamar Dixon Expo Center Gates Open (Admission $2.00 per person)

3 – 7 p.m.

  • Hot Air Balloon Tethered Rides - Lamar Dixon Field ($20.00 per person)

3 – 9 p.m.

  • Children's Inflatables Area (42" & Below) ($10.00 per person)
  • Adventure Zone ($25.00 per person or $5.00 per ticket)

4:30 p.m.

  • Pilot Briefing

5 – 6:30 p.m.

  • Fourth Competition Flight - Lamar Dixon Field (Fly In or Fly Out)

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

  • Special Shaped Balloons Inflation and Glow - Lamar-Dixon Field

6:52 p.m.

  • Sunset

7:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

  • Hot Air Balloon Glow – Lamar Dixon Field

8:30 p.m.

  • Fireworks – Lamar Dixon Field

9 p.m.

  • Event closed

Sunday, Sept. 29: Morning Session

6 a.m.

  • Lamar Dixon Expo Center Gates Open (Admission $2.00 per person)

6:30 a.m.

  • Pilot Briefing - Lamar-Dixon - Pilot Tent

6:56 a.m.

  • Sunrise

7 – 8:30 a.m.

  • Fifth Competition Flight - Lamar Dixon Field (Fly In or Fly Out)

7 a.m. – 12 noon

  • Children's Inflatables Area (42" & Below) ($10.00 per person)
  • Adventure Zone ($25.00 per person or $5.00 per ticket)

7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

  • Special Shape Balloons Inflation - Lamar Dixon Field
  • Hot Air Balloon Tethered Rides - Lamar Dixon Field ($20.00 per person)

12 noon

  • Lamar Dixon Expo Center Gates Closed