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2017, 43RD EDITION EVENT SCHEDULE

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2017

7:15 a.m.

KEY EVENT / Balloon Inflation
“Billy Blastvalve’s Kids’ Day”

Presented By : Craik Pediatric Dentistry

Last year’s most popular morning. Balloons inflate and stay at the venue for one reason and one reason only … to share the “Dream of Flight” with the children of Walla Walla.

Last year, nearly 1,000 kids had the opportunity to get in a basket and float off the ground. Pilots are excited to share this event with the community again in 2017.

Named for one of Walla Walla’s favored sons, he was a Balloon Stampede co-founder and popular local personality, he is Bill Lloyd. Blastvalve passed on Mothers Day 2014.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2017

7:15 a.m.

KEY EVENT / Balloon Inflation & Flight
Media Day

Keep an eye to the sky for this year’s first Balloon Stampede flight of balloons, this is the day set aside for members of the working media to capture the sights and sounds of the Balloon Stampede’s first jump into the sky.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017

7:15 a.m.

KEY EVENT / Balloon Inflation & Flight
“V.I.P. Day Launch”

Presented By : Columbia REA Credit

This is the first “all fly” morning for the 43rd Balloon Stampede presented by Columbia REA Credit to include all thirty plus pilots and balloons that are scheduled to participate in this years Stampede.

We’re calculating that this is the 162nd scheduled Balloon Stampede Launch.

Passengers joining our pilots for today’s flight include our event corporate sponsors and special individual ‘patron sponsors’ of the Walla Walla Balloon Stampede. We’re pretty sure you’ll find some ‘ride winners’ scattered in to the baskets as well. No matter what, be sure and cheer them off the ground (and) say thanks for helping to ensure another year of hot air balloons coloring the sky above Walla Walla.


7:15 a.m.

KEY EVENT / Special Shapes Round-Up

Enjoy the fun as our “Special Shape” balloons inflate and jump into the sky with the round balloons (weather permitting).


Dusk

KEY EVENT / Balloon Inflation
“Night Glow Spectacular”

Presented By : Columbia REA

Far and away the most popular of Balloon Stampede events the Columbia REA Nite Glow Spectacular turns darkness to day as a select group of balloons inflate and glow their balloons in what is considered by many to be ballooning’s signature display.

Activities are included for our littlest ballooning pals (ages to 6) who will get a chance to celebrate ballooning at the Stampede with our “Happy Dance” under theColumbia REA, Touchstone Energy hot air balloon, to a few of their best known and favorite songs.

We may even inflate some of the Stampede’s most iconic balloons … You don’t want to miss this for anything.

Might we suggest you gather the family, plan a reunion, bring some chairs, a blanket and a picnic dinner (or enjoy our many food vendors) and we’ll celebrate ballooning and Walla Walla like we did in the early years of the Stampede. You’ll be smack in the middle of the action when our hand picked pilots inflate their balloons for our annual salute to Walla Walla and its citizens. You’re gonna feel the heat !

The voice of ballooning here in the Northwest, Walla Walla’s own Jim Bock, will guide you through this fun and exciting evening of celebration and ballooning like no other, presented by Columbia REA, it’s the “NITE GLOW SPECTACULAR”.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2017

7:15 a.m.

KEY EVENT / Balloon Inflation & Flight
Mayor’s Cup Launch / Flight #3

Presented By : Amerigas Propane

Today we’ll be challenging our pilots with a navigational task. They will be required to fly away from the launch site (and perhaps) be required to fly back to where they took off.

Keep in mind that our pilots can’t steer their balloons left or right. They are always dependent on the direction of the wind for where they go.

Today’s most successful pilot at navigating their aircraft will be awarded the world famous “Mayor’s Cup” for aviation excellence. (and) Maybe some cash too. All thirty (30) plus balloons are expected to fly this morning.


7:15 a.m.

KEY EVENT / Special Shapes Round-Up

Enjoy the fun as our “Special Shape” balloons inflate and jump into the sky with the round balloons (weather permitting).

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017 / “THE LAST DANCE" (A QUIET LAUNCH)

7:15 a.m.

KEY EVENT / Balloon Launch & Flight
The “Great Launch”
(weather permitting)

Imagine all thirty plus balloons lifting off in just thirty seconds !!!

That’s what you should expect to see at the never before attempted (in Walla Walla) “Great Launch”. Simply put, an exercise in motion, a sky dance that will see the launch site completely cleared of balloons in a matter of seconds.

Stunning to see this most challenging flight operation is dependent upon near perfect weather to be executed. One thing is certain, you’ll want to be on the field for this one to experience a feeling of ‘falling away’ from the balloons.

This final launch is called the “Quiet Launch”. There is no music, no announcer, just the throwback moment for the pilots when Balloon Stampede launched in the wheat …

WE’LL SEE YOU AGAIN, WHEN THE BALLOONING WORLD RETURNS TO WALLA WALLA, WASHINGTON, ON

OCTOBER 17, 2018

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NOTE: We make every effort to insure that our events schedules are as accurate and up to date as possible.
Please don’t hold us responsible for weather related changes, we’re doing the very best we can.
We simply haven’t figured out how to control the weather yet.