The One Of A Kind Balloon Festival You Won’t Find Anywhere But Kansas
By: Gwen Warner - Chamber Director
Kansas hosts a ton of wonderfully fun festivals every year, but for the summer, the one thing all kids
love is the sky. There’s one huge festival in a small town that you probably haven’t heard of that’s
positively bursting with excitement for this balloon extravaganza. Wonder what it is?
The 21th Annual Sunflower Balloon Fest—Free Family Fun!
Don’t miss the 21th Annual Sunflower Balloon Fest in Anthony, KS sponsored by Anthony Chamber
of Commerce and Anthony Transient Guest Tax, May 11-12-13. You’ve never seen anything like it,
as 16 hot air balloons rise from the green pastures to dot the clear blue sky of Kansas. You’ll see hot
air balloons of all shapes, sizes and colors! The first balloons take to the air on Friday evening May
11th and continue to take flight through the weekend.
The three-day event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 11, at the Anthony Airport. Parking and
admission are free. Friday evening the balloons will be inflated as the weather permits. Flights are
possible; if not, balloons may stand and glow. Festival-goers will be able to walk among the balloons
and visit with pilots and crew. A fireworks display at dusk will finish off a lovely evening. There will
also be a possible preview of the kite festival Friday evening. Tethered rides are scheduled for 7 - 9
p.m. Friday evening, 7 - 9 a.m. Saturday morning and 7 - 9 p.m. Saturday evening. Adults tethered
rides are $20 and children tethered rides are $10.
Sunrise on Saturday is a perfect time for a hot air balloon flight. Pilots will be briefed at 6 a. m. and, if
the weather allows, will start inflating their balloons by 6:30. Arrive at the airport early for the best
views of the launches. Balloons from all over, including Kansas, Oklahoma & Minnesota will
participate. Among them will be 3 special shaped balloons, including “Keystone Willy”, "Conair" and
“Freedom Flight V”. Balloon rides are $150. Later in the day, look for helicopter rides at $40 each, and
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