Falls City Hot Air Balloon Festival this weekend

By Nikki McKim

For the first time since 1995, Falls City will be the setting of the beloved Falls City Hot Air Balloon Festival. 

This Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. the public is invited to Brenner Field in Falls City where the Chamber has organized “Field of Fire” Balloon Glow at Dark, six food trucks including BBQ, Tacos and Kettlekorn; a beer and wine garden; music, face painting, and a balloon artist. 

The main event, balloon liftoff, will be held at 7:00 p.m. 

The cost for adults is $10; ages 13-18 is $5 and children ages 12 and under are free. 

The food and drinks are separate, but everything else is included in the admission.    

The following morning, the balloons will lift off again at 7 a.m. In addition,  there will be a free-will pancake and sausage breakfast with planes arriving and taking off all morning. 

Don’t forget to bring your blankets and lawn chairs. There will be no outside food or drinks. 

According to the June 20, 1995 edition of the Falls City Journal,  18 balloons lifted off into a hazy atmosphere a few minutes after six a.m., including the two balloons pictured above. A large crowd gathered for that year’s balloon launch and included former Falls Cityans that traveled from as far as New Mexico and North Carolina to witness the event.

In Bill Schock’s ‘Hangin’ Out The Warsh’ column, he wrote about the weekends festival, “The Balloon Show isn’t supposed to be a money-maker for the Chamber-just an activity for the community.”

The launch itself should be worth the price of admission.