Panguitch Valley prepares for high flying fun, 15th annual Balloon Rally

Hot air balloons rise over the Panguitch Valley at the Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally, Panguitch, Utah, Date not specified | Photo courtesy of The Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally

PANGUITCH – Southern Utah’s premier hot air balloon event is set to wow crowds and dazzle fans as beautiful hot air balloons take to the skies in Panguitch this weekend.

Taking place in the shadows of famed Bryce Canyon National Park, the 15th annual Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally attracts enthusiasts and spectators alike for three days of awe-inspiring vistas.

A colorful hot air balloon flies over the Panguitch Valley during the Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally, Panguitch, Utah, Date not specified | Photo courtesy of the Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally
A colorful hot air balloon flies over the Panguitch Valley during the Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally, Panguitch, Utah, Date not specified | Photo courtesy of the Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally

Family-friendly activities abound at this fun filled event that include a 5K race, a parade, games, inflatable rides, live music, karaoke and the event highlight, the balloon glow.

“The balloon glow on Saturday night is the highlight,” Falyn Owens, executive director of the Garfield County Tourism Office, said, “at sunset, the pilots inflate their balloons on Main and Center streets and synchronize the lighting of their burners.”

“It’s a great time to stroll down the street listening to the music and visiting the shops,” Cheryl Church, balloon rally coordinator, said, “once a person comes to the balloon glow, they always return.”

Those visiting the rally are welcome to join in the fun by helping the ground crews inflate and launch the balloons at 6:30 a.m. each day.

Event details and contact information

  • When: June 27-29, balloons launch at 6:30 a.m. Fri.-Sun., additional activity times vary see event schedule
  • Where: Panguitch, Utah. Click here for directions from St. George to Panguitch
  • Contact: Cheryl Church | Telephone 435-590-2892 | Email cherylchurch@gmail.com

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