There are many types of hot air balloon events held across the country, and internationally as well. We are very fortunate to be able to host the Hot Air Balloon Shoot-Out. This year will be the 18th annual competitive event. The event will begin the evening of June 2nd and conclude the morning of June 4th.

We will be hosting 16 hot air balloon pilots as we come together to celebrate what is great about ballooning.  This group of visitors are a tight knit community that have welcomed many Carson City residents into their 'family' as crew members as well as future pilots. We extend a very warm welcome to our visitors and are looking forward to making more memories.

The evening balloon flights will launch from West Park (Fort Frontier).  Make your way to the park and watch from either side of Fish Creek.  There is not a bad seat in the park.  You will get a great view of these balloons as they take flight and make their way through the skies above Carson. The morning flights will be held in the early hours on Saturday and Sunday. All of our pilots will meet for a weather and safety briefing, and then set off for launch sites throughout the surrounding area.  Planning is critical for these flights. These are normally multiple task flights as they fly from target to target dropping a baggie in hopes of being the closest to target. It is amazing to watch the pilots maneuver their balloon toward the target.

Points are awarded to pilots according to how close a pilot's 'baggie' lands near the center of the 'X'. It is very important to remember that as spectators, everyone must stay at least 500 feet away from each target. Safety of our participants is extremely important.

Grab a lawn chair/blanket and head to the park in the evenings to watch and/or grab your cup of coffee in the mornings and head to your porch or deck and enjoy the view of the beautiful balloons as they take flight. Make sure you look for your favorite.  Give them a wave and a cheer of encouragement.

Light Up The Night Balloon Glow

On Friday and Saturday nights during the festival, there will be two events that you will not want to miss.  We will be 'lighting up the night' at West Park (Fort Frontier) at dusk.  The balloons will be returning after their evening flights to inflate and stand up their balloons.  This time the balloons will not leave the ground.  Balloons will be inflated and the pilots will stand up their balloons and use their burners to illuminate the envelopes to showcase their spectacular colors.   This is a community favorite.  Make sure you have your camera ready as our announcer counts down to 3...2...1...Glow.  It is spectacular.


* As always, all balloons events are subject to weather *



Glow Night

The Pilots

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Sponsor:  Sullair Hitachi Group

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Pilot Shawn Raya


Sponsor:  Sullair and Carson City Correctional Facility - Boyer Employees Club

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Pilot Larry Coan

Dark Horse

Sponsors:  Lux & Schnepp Funeral Home and The Muffin Top Bakery & Deli

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Pilot DJ Wertman


Sponsor:  Spicer Group, Inc.

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Pilot Steve Miller

Good Shepherd

Sponsor:  R.H. Wiles Sales and Choice One Insurance Agency

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Pilot Derrick Jones


Sponsor:  All Seasons Insurance Agency

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Pilot Steve Mitchell

Old Cat

Sponsor:  Donohue Dentistry

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Pilot Ben Leatherman

Beyond Time

Sponsor:  Brian Fitzpatrick

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Pilot Travis Gauthier

Corn Nutz

Sponsor:  Clinton County Medical Center 

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Pilot Marty Gauthier


Sponsor:  CMSinternet

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Pilot Chuck Walz

Sunny Trails

Sponsors:  Gabe's Garage and Barnes True Value Hardware

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Sponsor:  Gage Electric, LLC

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Pilot Janet Lutkus

Goodnight Gracie

Sponsor:  The Butler Family

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So Much To Do

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Carson City Frontier Days, Inc
PO Box 293
Carson City, MI  48811