Yavapai County’s largest hot air balloon festival Saturday, June 16
There’s fun in the air
It’s up, up, up and away Saturday night with the Mile High Festival, Yavapai County’s largest hot air balloon festival.
“At night, that field gets really dark and we use that to our advantage,” said organizer Steve Gottlieb. “We have two static balloons that will glow and then we have a balloon that we’ll be tethering up in the air.”
Held Saturday, June 16 at the Mile High Middle School football field, 300 S. Granite St., the festival includes hot air balloon rides and the night balloon glow festival, weather permitting. There’s also live music, food vendors and plenty of libations.
Tickets are $30 for early admission, $35 for the day of the event and $50 for VIP admission which guarantees early admission at 6 p.m. It’s $10 for people that just want to come in without drinking, Gottlieb said. For regular admission, participants get 10 drink tickets and the first 1,500 people get a commemorative pint glass, he said. Tickets can be purchased online at www.prescottevents.net.
Balloon rides are $25 for adults and $15 for kids and riders need to be 11-years-old and older.
General admission is at 7 p.m. The event has to be later in the evening because the darkness needs to occur and the sunset isn’t supposed to be until 9 p.m., Gottlieb said.
A portion of the proceeds benefits Caborca Sister Cities, a bond that has lasted more than 40 years, he said.
“That’s multi generations of Prescottonians stepping up and saying ‘hey I want to support this place in Mexico,” Gottlieb said. “This is going to be a big fundraiser for them. They support an orphanage down there, they also do ambulances and trash trucks, they buy them used and ship them down there for them. They can always use money to buy school supplies and things like that.”
Food vendors include JJ’s Louisiana BBQ, White Eyes Fry Bread, Nacho Papa, Papa Johns, This Dudes Food and Kona Ice & Soda. Libations come from Prescott Brewing Company, Thumb Butte Distillery, Granite Mountain brewing, Oak Creek Brewing, Hangar 24, Lumberyard Brewing Company, Mudshark Brewery and more. Hensley is bringing a lot of craft beer and Rickety Crickets, the new brewery opening where Far From Folsom was is going to be there as well, Gottlieb said.
There will be DJ music from 6 to 8:30 followed by a performance by The Black Moods beginning at 9 p.m.
It’s going to be a lot of fun, Gottlieb said.
“I can’t wait to get the balloons up in the air,” he said.
By Jason Wheeler, follow him on Twitter @PrescottWheels, reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037.