Balloonfest 2018

ASHLAND -- The organizers of the Ashland BalloonFest will again attempt to bring a socially-distanced display of hot air balloons to Ashland this weekend. 

Assuming weather cooperates this time around, 15 pilots have committed to fly their hot air balloons across the city of Ashland Saturday, Aug. 1 and Sunday, Aug. 2 to recognize what would have been the 30th annual Ashland BalloonFest.

"We are fortunate to have such great support from the pilots," Ashland BalloonFest planning committee president Mindi White said. "I think with events being canceled, they are looking for places to fly, but to have 15 pilots coming back, that's more than we thought." 

Seventeen had committed to the first flyover attempt.  

The popular event was canceled earlier this summer due to COVID-19 concerns, and the flyover planned instead was delayed due to weather. 

In the days after canceling the "29th and a half" flyover on the weekend of June 27 and 28, the committee announced another attempt at the event. They call it the "29th and 3/4" version. 

"The community has supported our festival for so many years, we wanted to do something to recognize the event and bring smiles to their faces," White said.

Balloons are expected to take off from various points in the city of Ashland Saturday evening and Sunday morning. White suggests watching between 6:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 7 and 7:30 a.m. Sunday. 

The most updated information will be posted to the organization's Facebook page.

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