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 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.

The Glow is a community favorite.  This year we are changing things up with the Glow.  This new version of the Glow will be nothing you have ever experienced.  It will get you on your feet and singing along as our hot air balloon pilots 'LIGHT 'EM UP'

Make sure you have your camera read! It is going to be spectacular!!

 

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

 

 

Glow Night

The Pilots

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Pilot Shawn Raya

Sullair

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Pilot Larry Coan

Dark Horse

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Pilot DJ Wertman

Viper

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Pilot Steve Miller

Good Shepherd

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Pilot Derrick Jones

Reflections

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Pilot Steve Mitchell

Old Cat

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Pilot Joey Strutz

Blue Moon

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Pilot Ben Leatherman

Beyond Time

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Pilot Travis Gauthier

Corn Nutz

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Pilot Andy Gross

Wait For It

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Pilot Chuck Walz

Sunny Trails

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Pilot MARK ENSZER

Celebration

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Pilot Al Smith

Northern Lights

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The Hot Air Balloon Shoot-Out Winners

2025 Winner
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2024 Winner
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2023 Winner
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Shawn Raya, Sullair

2022 Winner
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Mark Enszer, Celebrations

2021 Winner
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2020 Winner
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2019 Winner
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2018 Winner
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Rick Kerber, Michigan Cat

2017 Winner
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Shawn Raya, Sullair

 

2016 Winner
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Matt Haase, Sunny & 75

2015 Winner
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Derrick Jones, Reflections

2014 Winner
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Shawn Raya, Sullair

2013 Winner
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Rick Kerber, Michigan Cat

 

2012 Winner
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2011 Winner
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2010 Winner
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Larry Coan, Superfluous 

2009 Winner
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2008 Winner
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2007 Winner
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2006 Winner
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Shawn Raya, Fast and Serious

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Applications

Contact

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

989-506-0010