Balloon Fiesta will bring back ‘Music Fiesta’ from COVID-19 hiatus

It’s always a special time of year when balloons fill the Balloon Fiesta Park – especially this year for the 50th anniversary of Balloon Fiesta. 2021 was the event’s first year since the COVID-19 hiatus, and there were some restrictions on COVID safety. KOAT spoke to Balloon Fiesta spokesperson Tom Garrity about how this year’s celebration is going. “The 2020 event was made virtual. Then in 2021 we were able to bring it back, but we still had some COVID restrictions. The 50th event for almost three years. We have no COVID restrictions for the 50th event which will be launched on October 1,” Garrity said. This is the first time the event has not had COVID-19 protocols since 2019.” I always want to make sure our guests feel comfortable and that we follow all state regulations that could exist,” Garrity said. We don’t have anything over our heads. So that’s really a good thing,” he said. Event organizers canceled both Music Fiesta and the Balloon Discovery Center last year to keep people from congregating too close is going to host both the Music Fiesta and the Balloon Discovery Center. We’re so excited about it,” Garrity said. Even though there are no requirements for Balloon Fiesta this year, Garrity tells KOAT that the event will provide masks at each entrance for people who feel more comfortable with them. There will also be hand sanitizer stations available throughout the park.

It’s always a special time of year when balloons fill the Balloon Fiesta Park – especially this year for the 50th anniversary of Balloon Fiesta.

2021 was the event’s first year since the COVID-19 hiatus, and there were some restrictions on COVID safety. KOAT spoke with Balloon Fiesta spokesperson Tom Garrity about how this year’s celebration went.

“The 2020 event was made virtual. Then in 2021 we were able to bring it back, but we still had some COVID restrictions. We have been planning the 50th event now for almost three years. We have no COVID restrictions for the 50th event that will launch on October 1,” Garrity said.

It’s the first time the event hasn’t had COVID-19 protocols since 2019.

“We always want to make sure our customers feel comfortable and that we comply with any state regulations that may exist,” Garrity said.

Garrity also said the state is changing its COVID-19 public health requirements, as is Balloon Fiesta.

“We don’t have anything over our heads. So that’s a really good thing,” he said.

Event organizers canceled both Music Fiesta and the Balloon Discovery Center last year to prevent people from gathering too close together.

“We’re going to be hosting the Music Fiesta and the Balloon Discovery Center again. We’re so excited about it,” Garrity said.

Even though there are no requirements for Balloon Fiesta this year, Garrity tells KOAT that the event will provide masks at each entrance for people who feel more comfortable with them. Hand sanitizing stations will also be available throughout the park.