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TAKE FLIGHT | Southern Hills Hospital 6th annual Balloon Festival

The Southern Hills Hospital Balloon Festival helps raise funds for the High School to Healthcare Scholarship through The Public Education Foundation. 10/21/16 (George Romero | KSNV)

Southern Hills Hospital is celebrating it's 6th annual Balloon Festival.

The breathtaking views of the hot air balloons up close help to generate funds for the High School to Healthcare Scholarship through the Public Education Foundation.

The event runs through the weekend, October 21st through October 23rd at Southern Hills Hospital, 9300 W Sunset Rd.

Among the featured hot air transportation is the Wonder Balloon.

The iconic red, yellow, and blue balloon has been part of the Wonder Bread brand since 2001. It seemed fitting to buy their own balloon to celebrate the companies 80th anniversary.

The story goes that Elmer Cline, an executive with Taggart baking Company, was "filled with wonder" by the sight of hundreds of hot air balloons creating a kaleidoscope of color at the International Balloon Race at the Indianapolis Speedway. You can imagine where the bread brand gets it's logo from.

According to Wonder Bread, the awe-inspiring Wonder Balloon is 90 feet high and 75 feet wide, and when fully inflated, is large enough to hold more than 90,000 basketballs.


SCHEDULE:

Balloon launches occur only in early morning. Admission is free unless otherwise noted.

Friday, Oct. 21

Noon to 11 p.m. - Amusement rides & carnival games open

5 p.m. - Prize Time! Report to the DJ booth

5 to 10 p.m. - Vendors open

5 to 7 p.m. - Balloon Glow Show

5 to 9 p.m. - Kids’ arts & crafts, face painting & more!

Saturday, Oct. 22

6 to 8 a.m. - Hot air balloons prepare and launch (weather permitting)

7 a.m. to 11 p.m. - Amusement rides & carnival games open

7 a.m. to 10 p.m. - Vendors open

8 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Kids’ arts & crafts, face painting & more!

9 a.m. - Tethered balloon rides open (weather permitting)

9 a.m. - Prize Time! Report to the DJ booth

11 a.m. - Prize Time! Report to the DJ booth

Noon to 4 p.m. - Southern Hills Hospital Health Fair (flu shots, blood pressure checks, more!) Clark County Fire & EMS Touch-A-Truck

1 p.m. - Prize Time! Report to the DJ booth

3 p.m. - Prize Time! Report to the DJ booth

5 p.m. - Prize Time! Report to the DJ booth

5 to 7 p.m. - Balloon Glow Show

Sunday, Oct. 23

6 to 8 a.m. - Hot air balloons prepare and launch (weather permitting)

7 a.m. to 11 p.m. - Amusement rides & carnival games open

7 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Vendors open

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Kids’ arts & crafts, face painting & more!

9 a.m. - Tethered balloon rides open (weather permitting)

9 a.m. - Prize Time! Report to the DJ booth

10 a.m. - Tethered balloon rides open (weather permitting)

11 a.m. -Prize Time! Report to the DJ booth

1 p.m. - Prize Time! Report to the DJ booth


To schedule a hot air balloon passenger ride, call 702.553.3039 or visit vegasballoonrides.com.

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