HOT AIR BALLOON SHOOT OUT
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 16th annual competitive event. The event will begin the evening of June 4th and conclude the morning of June 6th.
We will be hosting 13 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 an area outside of Carson City and take flight over the city. Keep your eyes turned toward the skies to 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 your coffee, a lawn chair 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.
This year's 'Glow' will look a little different. To keep everyone safe, we are offering two drive thru events. The first one, Friday night, we are going to "Feel The Heat" on Main Street. Our visiting pilots will be parking along Main Street and using their burners only to turn up the heat. This is an awesome sight to see. Please load up your family in the car, and take a drive through downtown Carson City to see the burners in action.
On Saturday night, we will "Light Up The Night." On Saturday, the balloons will have their envelopes and will be doing a traditional glow. We will have our pilots located at the Carson City-Crystal High School Baseball field. This location will allow for cars to be able to drive through the U-shaped drive to check out all the balloons. This will be a unique event. Make sure to grab your camera and come enjoy the show.
Pilot Shawn Raya
Sponsor: Carson City Correctional Facility Boyer Employees Club
Pilot Jeff Pestun
The Class of 2021
Sponsors: Choice One Insurance Agency and R.H. Wiles Sales
Pilot Larry Coan
Sponsors: Hammond Wholesale and Lux and Schnepp Funeral Homes
Pilot DJ Wertman
Sponsor: Carson City Parts Plus
Pilot Steve Mitchell
Sponsors: CMS Internet and Red Oak Seamless Eavestroughing
Pilot Chris Smart
Dream Catcher III
Sponsor: Schrock Roofing and Construction
Pilot Janet Lutkus
Sponsors: The Butler Family
Pilot Rick Kerber
Sponsor: Betty Kellenberger
Pilot Derrick Jones
Sponsor: Spicer Group, Inc
Pilot Wes Dickerson
Sponsors: Barnes True Value Hardware and The Muffin Top Bakery and Deli
Pilot Mark Enszer
Sponsor: Gage Electric, LLC
Pilot Bill Sterner
Sponsor: All Seasons Insurance
Pilot Tom Brown
Sponsor: Brian Fitzpatrick
Pilot James Mitchell
Sponsors: Donohue Dentistry and Carson City Optics