‘Balloons & Tunes Roundup’ brings 3 days of dramatic skies, battling bands to Kanab

Hot air balloons | Photo by Ralph Reina, St. George News

KANAB — Live music, great food and a street fair will be among the highlights of the first-ever “Balloons & Tunes Roundup,” a three-day event featuring hot air balloons and a “Battle of the Bands” competition over the weekend of Feb. 27-March 1.

Balloons will launch at approximately 7 a.m. daily, weather permitting, from Coral Cliffs Golf Course at 755 E. Fairway Drive, Kanab. The location will provide participants with the dramatic sites of Vermilion Cliffs, located near the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Events held later on Friday and Saturday will include the “Battle of the Bands” competition, crafts, foods and games at a Street Fair on Main Street and even a Street Zumba demonstration on Saturday.

Hot air balloons will line Center Street on Saturday at 7 p.m. for a traditional Balloon Glow exhibition. Out of the 20 balloons, 15 of those attending will fill up and glow for spectators to enjoy the vibrant balloon colors in the starry night sky of the desert.

“We think we’ve put together an event that can be memorable and fun for the whole family,” Kane County Tourism’s Executive Director Ken Gotzen-Berg said. “We’ve had a team of people working on this plan for a while, and it’s exciting to see it come to fruition.”

All of the events associated with the“Balloons & Tunes Roundup” are free. There will be vendors selling food, refreshments, games and toys for kids, souvenirs and lanterns. And, weather permitting, there will be a lantern launch on Saturday evening following the balloon glow.

Balloon flights are for exhibition; rides will not be available for purchase.

Flyer for Kanab Balloons & Tunes Roundup, Kanab, Utah, Feb. 27, 2015 | Image courtesy of Kanab Balloons & Tunes Roundup, St. George News
Flyer for Kanab Balloons & Tunes Roundup courtesy of Kane County office of Tourism, St. George News | Click on image to enlarge

About Kane County

Kane County is the gateway to three national parks, five national monuments, a renowned national recreation area, two state parks, two national forests and unlimited outdoor adventures. Kane County is truly “The Heart of the Parks.” In every direction, there are breathtaking views; the unique vistas of the Grand Canyon to the south, Zion National Park to the west, Bryce Canyon National Park to the north and Lake Powell and Glen Canyon to the east.

Event details and resources

  • What: “Balloons and Tunes Roundup”
  • When: Feb. 27-March 1, see schedule of evens below
  • Where: Coral Cliffs Golf Course,755 East Fairway Drive, and Main Street, Kanab
  • Tickets: Free
  • Balloons and Tunes Roundup website | Facebook
  • Visit Southern Utah website

Schedule of events

Schedule of events for Kanab Balloons & Tunes Roundup, Kanab, Utah, Feb. 27, 2015 | Image courtesy of Kanab Balloons & Tunes Roundup, St. George News
Schedule of events for Kanab Balloons & Tunes Roundup | Image courtesy of Kane County Office of Tourism, St. George News

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