Next month, the skies of Pahrump are set to see splashes of bright and colorful design as more than a dozen hot air balloons soar throughout a three-day event that is sure to please.
The 9th annual Pahrump Hot Air Balloon Festival will take place Nov. 11-13 at Petrack Park and event organizers are preparing to welcome the thousands of attendees expected to make their way to the park this weekend. And while the balloons are the center of attention, there will be plenty of other elements to attract customers, from food, drink and merchandise vendors to family games, music, karaoke, classic cars and more, as well as a very special service dedicated to honoring former US military service members.
The 9th Annual Pahrump Balloon Festival is the collaborative work of Doug Dubin, Dubin Family LLC and Doug Campbell of Balloons Over Pahrump. Previously, the event was run by the Pahrump Valley Chamber of Commerce, which successfully introduced the festival to the community in 2014. However, earlier this year, the chamber announced that it would not be able to to host the event, prompting Dubin and Campbell to consider what they could do to intervene and save him.
“Doug and I immediately agreed to a collective partnership to continue what had been created,” Dubin explained, adding, “The motto for this year’s event is ‘Come for the balloons and stay for everything!’ “”
All the fun and excitement will begin on Friday, November 11, which also happens to be Veterans Day. Dubin and Campbell had chosen this particular weekend for the event partly because of the holidays and they held a ceremony to kick off the festival.
“On November 11, Veterans Day, all vets, family and friends and the community are invited to Sunrise Service at the football field at the north end of Petrack Park,” Dubin detailed. “Doug from Balloons Over Pahrump reported that the American flag will fly from above as the VFW Riders present the colors on the ground, and a veteran will sing the national anthem for all to enjoy.”
The Sunrise service will begin around 6 a.m. and the event will take place directly in the balloon launches, Dubin noting that balloon crews will be up first thing every morning between 6 and 7 a.m. to prepare for the launch.
“Everyone will be amazed by the beauty of the colors and the pageantry of over 16 different patterns. Balloons that have never flown in Pahrump, or even Nevada, will paint the skies starting in the park and flying wherever the wind takes them,” Dubin enthused.
After the hot air balloon show, vendor booths will open at 9 a.m. each festival morning, providing attendees with an abundance of items to admire and browse. As Dubin noted, “Sellers from all over the country are bringing in gifts to meet all holiday demands, from handmade hair clips to color and the pleasing sights and sounds of wind chimes and everything. rest.”
Those heading to the festival should also be hungry, Dubin encouraged, as there will be a range of delicious treats to delight the palate. “Food vendors bring mouth-watering items such as Asian, Hawaiian, Mexican, and BBQ fare from all parts of North America. And don’t forget the desserts! Ice cream, pastries and how about Hawaiian cones? Delicious! Of course, there will also be plenty to drink, from water to wine,” he said.
As for entertainment, Dubin and Campbell curated a lineup of various acts, including music from DJ Soundz, live entertainment from Scotty Dub as well as The Naturals, a special presentation by Airomee that is a must for all ages, a Karaoke Contest with Gladys Martin on the evening of Saturday November 12 and Games with Deanna, fun for the whole family.
“Do you like horseshoes or cornhole? Come watch the pros or jump straight in for the fun and win prizes in the Saturday and Sunday tournaments,” added Dubin. “And everyone loves cars; we have the cars Friday night with Justin Sumner and Saturday Rose will bring the car show after the balloons take off.
Tethered hot air balloon rides will be offered on a first-come, first-flight basis throughout the three days. Those who want a little more of the experience of flying in the sky can also purchase hot air balloon rides, which were still available at the time of publication. “If you and your friends want to enjoy the serenity of a hot air balloon ride, call 702-300-4008 and ask for Doug with Balloons Over Pahrump,” Dubin said. “For additional questions, call 775-537-5515 seven days a week.”
More information can also be found at www.PahrumpBalloonFestival.com
Contact reporter Robin Hebrock at [email protected]