Downtown Window Decorating Contest to Host Old West Balloon Fest and US National Balloon Championship | New






The windows of Russel’s Automotive in Scottsbluff display a 2020 hot air balloon party theme. downtown windows in conjunction with the Old West Balloon Fest.


Gering Courier file photo


The Old West Balloon Fest Committee, Scotts Bluff Area Visitors Bureau and Gering Visitors Bureau announce the fourth annual Downtown Window Decorating Contest to commemorate the 2022 Old West Balloon Fest.

August 2022 will be the last year that Scotts Bluff County hosts the US National Hot Air Balloon Championship and would like to rally our companies in this county-wide window decorating contest to welcome pilots from across the country.

Participation in the competition is completely free; with a general theme of hot air balloons and ballooning. Simply choose your favorite hot air balloon motif and customize the showcase as a tribute to your business and the events of Old West Balloon Fest 2022. There will be three judging categories: 1. Best “Hot Air Balloon Theme”, 2. Best “Balloon Theme” Host Community” (representing the host cities of Gering, Scottsbluff, Mitchell, Morrill or Terrytown) and 3. Best “Creative” Exhibit. Windows can be decorated anytime between now and the start of Old West Balloon Fest 2020.

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All companies participating in the window decoration competition are requested to:

  • Register their participation (and ensure you have a complete list for judging) by emailing: [email protected] with your company name and business address
  • Finish decorating your windows by Monday evening, August 1st.
  • The jury committee will see and judge the showcases on Tuesday August 2nd.
  • Winners will be notified; and the contest results were announced to the media on Monday, August 8, the first day of Old West Balloon Fest 2022.
  • Ribbons will be awarded to winners in all three (categories).

The Gering Merchants Association, the Scottsbluff Downtown Business District and the Mitchell and Morrill Business Districts are invited to lead the way with their members to encourage participation in the window decorating contest to welcome pilots, crews, visitors and hot air balloon enthusiasts visiting our communities. 8-13 for Old West Balloon Fest 2022.