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Committee puts finishing touches on plans for Balloon Regatta

Posted: Thursday, Sep 27th, 2012

Monday evening the committee in charge of the popular Balloon Regatta event held a planning meeting to discuss some final touches, as the Nov. 3 festivity draws closer.

Committee member Bryan Hill said there are already 55 valid pilot entries, and they are awaiting response from more to hopefully reach their goal of 60.

Another point of discussion, Hill said, was finding a few additional sponsors. The committee also talked about relationship between the actual regatta event and the Page/Lake Powell Chamber of Commerce which provides the vendor fair, another big attraction of the weekend. The regatta event is solely funded by local sponsorship.

“The purpose of the event is to generate a weekend of commerce for Page on a weekend that was historically poor on commerce,” Hill said.

According to Hill, local hotels and restaurants provide rooms and services for the pilots to come here. “We don’t pay the pilots to come here. We show them hospitality and in return they put on a show for Page.”

There will be some earlier arrivals. Hill said that there could be nine or 10 balloons in the air Thursday.

The event will kick off on Friday, Nov.2, with pilots setting up at 7:15 a.m.

Hill said that one of the most asked questions about the event, is how to get a ride.

The best way according to Hill is to sponsor a balloon, but if you show up early in the morning on Friday and help set up, there is also a pretty good chance you could get one.

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