Back in August, the organization responsible for putting on Colorado’s Labor Day Balloon Classic announced they would no longer be holding the event which dated back to the 1970s.
After a rich 38-year-long tradition that brought people to the area, this was not good news for Colorado Springs residents and merchants, but the community has stepped up to fill the gap. And this Labor Day, balloons will again fill the Colorado skies.
Where and When
Hot air balloon enthusiasts will be happy to know the Colorado Springs Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax Advisory Committee have announced it is backing a proposal to bring another hot air balloon even to the city this coming Labor Day weekend.
At this time, the event doesn’t have a name, but final contract negotiations are underway.
The Balloon Classic Take 2 event is scheduled to take place at Memorial Park from Sept. 5-7, with plans to also offer other entertainment, if weather permits.
Name the Ballooning Event Contest
The organizers are currently in final negotiations with Scott Appelman’s Hot Apple Productions to host the event, and word has it that he will create a naming contest to come up with the official event name.
Appleman is a logical choice, because he is the founder and president of Rainbow Ryders, a commercial hot air balloon company based in Albuquerque.
The integral pieces are in place for the planning of the event to move forward. The LART Committee has already approved the money needed to provide city services like police, fire, and barricades needed to support the new event.
With this new festival following on the heels of the iconic Colorado Hot Air Balloon event the area has been known for, it should be a big success. Balloon enthusiasts are sure to show their support and gratitude with their attendance.
It’s the perfect opportunity to join the past and the present, as everyone joins together to reach for the sky.
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