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Havasu Balloon Festival lifts off again

January 11, 2019

Dozens of hot air balloons are expected to fly over Lake Havasu City this weekend with the start of the 9th Annual Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair. On Wednesday, however, organizers were still working to make sure the event’s activities would be available on the ground for today’s opening.

The event will offer a host of activities for Havasu residents and visitors, including balloon rides, an inflatable “Fun Zone,” a 5K run, dozens of vendors and live musical entertainment. The festival will appear for its second year at Lake Havasu State Park, where organizers hope to attract thousands of newcomers to the city.

The “Fun Zone” is a new feature of the Balloon Festival this year, offering inflatable mazes, a “battle ball” arena, rock climbing walls and a Ferris wheel for guests of the event. Tickets for the event’s Fun Zone were available in advance until Wednesday. Visitors to the Balloon Festival can still enjoy the attraction throughout the festival, however, with an admission fee of $30 per person.

General admission to the Balloon Festival will cost $15 per person, and tickets will remain valid throughout the four-day event. All proceeds from this year’s Balloon Festival will be donated to local charity organizations later this spring.

How’s the weather?

Despite unpredictable weather throughout the event’s past two showings, skies are expected to be mostly clear today and Friday, with high temperatures near 65 degrees, with wind speeds of less than 7 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service. The forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of showers Saturday afternoon, while Sunday will offer partly sunny skies.

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