ALTUS, Okla. (KSWO) – If you need a chance to get up, up and away, the town of Altus will host its inaugural Hot Air Balloon Festival and Airport Day this weekend.
“We are really excited. This is the first time, we’ve been told it’s been done before, but none of us remember it, so this is the first time,” said Town of Altus Recreation Director Michael Shive. “But Friday night we start with a sort of big Hangar dance with a balloon glow. We’re doing 18 plus that night, give the adults something to do. We will start around 5:30 p.m. They want to go out and start meeting the balloonist and see how things work, if they have any questions.
The festival takes place this Friday and Saturday at the Altus/Quartz Mountain Regional Airport.
It kicks off Friday night with a special 1940s hangar dance.
The dance is for ages 18 and up only and gives adults the chance to enjoy some free time.
It starts at 5:30 p.m. with socials and drinks, and is followed by a Balloon Glow at 6:30 p.m.
The Western Fliers will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. in the evening, with a great mix of country music.
There will be snacks and a cash bar.
The party then starts on Saturday at 5.30 am with the installation of balloons.
And, at 6 a.m. there will be a Balloon Festival Pancake Breakfast that will continue until 10 a.m. at the Southwest Tech Aviation Center.
Money from this fundraiser will be used to help send aviation maintenance students to the state skills competition.
Throughout the weekend, attendees will also be able to attend hands-on activities offered by Altus HS aircraft maintenance students.
So be sure to stop by Hangar 33!
For the festival on Saturday there will also be local school performances, concerts, static aviation displays, food trucks and craft vendors.
The cost of the festival is $10 per car, and proceeds will go towards growing the festival.
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