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Schedule of Events

The Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival involves a number of activities including introductory ballooning workshops prior to the event, scheduled Festival competition flights, and The Glow

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    Intro to Hot Air Ballooning Workshops

    From launching to landing

    Who doesn’t like to see a hot air balloon in the sky? Have you ever wondered what happens to get them in air and back down again? Now is your chance to find out!

    Intro to Hot Air Ballooning

    A behind-the-scenes look into hot air ballooning for those with a beginner's interest or considering volunteering as crew members at the Festival.

    If you have questions, please contact [email protected] or [email protected].

    2rWorkshop Description

    The Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival is right around the corner. Hot air balloons will be taking to the skies over High River, Alberta from September 27 - October 01, 2022.

    The Festival’s Balloon Crew Training Team is holding an Intro to Hot Air Ballooning workshop. In this personalized and hands on experience you will learn about:

    • Basic Ballooning Terminology
    • Is it a good time to fly?
    • Packing to fly
    • Getting ready to launch
    • During the flight
    • Landings
    • Packing up

    This workshop is perfect for:

    • Anyone with an beginner’s interest in hot air ballooning
    • Anyone who has thought about being a balloon crew member

    Notes:

    • We may or may not be inflating the envelope depending on the weather conditions
    • We may do a candlestick burn
    • No rides will be given
    • No animals allowed at the event site
    • Crew Training for Festival volunteers will take place in the evening on September 26, 2022. Volunteers who can't attend that session are welcome to attend Intro to Hot Air Ballooning

    Date TBA

    What: Intro to Hot Air Ballooning
    Who: Anyone interested in learning more about hot air ballooning basics
    When: TBA
    Time: TBA
    Length: 60-75 minutes
    Cost: Free
    Location: High River AB (location included in registration confirmation)

    Register: Eventbrite-MonDD-H:MMam

    Date TBA

    What: Intro to Hot Air Ballooning
    Who: Anyone interested in learning more about hot air ballooning basics
    When: TBA
    Time: TBA
    Length: 60-75 minutes
    Cost: Free
    Location: High River AB (location in registration confirmation)

    Register: Eventbrite-MonDD-H:MMam

    Date TBA

    What: Intro to Hot Air Ballooning
    Who: Anyone interested in learning more about hot air ballooning basics
    When: TBA
    Time: TBA
    Length: 60-75 minutes
    Cost: Free
    Location: High River AB (location included in registration confirmation)

    Register: Eventbrite-MonDD-H:MMam

    Date TBA

    What: Intro to Hot Air Ballooning
    Who: Anyone interested in learning more about hot air ballooning basics
    When: TBA
    Time: TBA
    Length: 60-75 minutes
    Cost: Free
    Location: High River AB (location included in registration confirmation)

    Register: Eventbrite-MonDD-H:MMam

    HIIBF Crew Training for Volunteers

    Learning the ropes

    The tradition of volunteer crew training on Festival Eve continues. New and past volunteer come together to meet each other prior to the event as well as review roles and responsibilities during event.

    Crew Training for Volunteers

    Hands-on training for first time and past Festival crew volunteers

    If you have questions, please contact [email protected]

    Workshop Description

    This hands-on crew training will review the roles and responsibilities of being a crew member at the Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival. First time crew volunteers are highly encouraged to attend as well as those with previous crewing experience as a refresher. Great opportunity to meet other crew prior to the event.

    During Crew Training we will cover:

    • Basic Ballooning Terminology
    • Is it a good time to fly?
    • Packing to fly
    • Getting ready to launch
    • During the flight
    • Landings
    • Packing up

    This workshop is perfect for:

    • First time and past Festival crew volunteers

    Notes:

    • Volunteer only training. If you would like to volunteer and have not completed an application, please go to the Volunteer page: 
    • We will be handling a deflated full size envelope if conditions allow
    • We won’t be inflating the envelope, but we may do a candlestick burn
    • No rides will be given
    • No animals allowed at the training site

    Register for: September 19 @ 6:30pm

    What: Training for HIIBF Volunteer Crew
    Who: Volunteers who requested to crew
    When: September 26, 2023
    Time: 6:30pm
    Cost: Free
    Location: High River AB (location included in registration confirmation)

    Register: Eventbrite-Sep26-6:30pm

    Festival Event & Flight Schedule

    Come out and watch the launches

    Details are subject to change on a daily basis. Please watch the website and social media for on-going updates during the Festival.

    2023 next year announcement

    Pilots

    Our roster of pilots includes those who live right here in High River, Calgary and across Alberta and Canada. This year we have pilots joining us from the United States and Europe.

    Get to know our pilots and the balloons they will be flying the skies during the Festival.

    Flight Briefings

    Pilots gather prior to every flight for announcements, review weather conditions, and confirm if they are flying or not.

    Location: Balloon Central • Heritage Inn High River
    Morning: 7:00am Thurs - Sun
    Evening: 4:30pm Thurs - Sat / 5:00pm on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 
    Tasks: The task for each flight is Hare & Hounds

    Launches

    Flights during are scheduled in the morning and evening to coincide with the most promising weather conditions. One hour after sunrise and 2 hours before sunset offer the most stable winds for flying a hot air balloon. Since balloons move with the air, all weather conditions are taken into consideration in deciding whether or not to fly. For those interested in taking to the air during the Festival, check out ride information

    What: Watch Fiesta Flight Launches
    Location
    : High River Macleod Trail launch field (see launch site map below - or 50.577089, -113.887937)
    Price: Free
    Tickets: Not required
    Times: see Time column in table below (printable launch schedule pdf)

    Launch / Event Schedule • 2022

    Date | Sunrise/Sunset Times Time Activity Location Status
    Wednesday, September 21 4:00pm Opening Ceremonies Heritage Inn Balloon Central COMPLETED
    Sunrise: 7:19am | Sunset: 7:37pm 5:30pm Media/Sponsor Fiesta Flight Macleod Trail Launch Site CANCELLED
    Thursday, September 22 7:30am Fiesta Flight Macleod Trail Launch Site COMPLETED
    Sunrise: 7:20am | Sunset: 7:35pm 5:15pm Fiesta Flight Macleod Trail Launch Site COMPLETED
    Friday, September 23 7:30am Fiesta Flight Macleod Trail Launch Site CANCELLED
    Sunrise: 7:22am | Sunset: 7:33pm 5:15pm -- No Scheduled Flight -- Macleod Trail Launch Site --
    5:00pm The Balloon Glow Wallacevile Site COMPLETED
    Saturday, September 24 7:30am Fiesta Flight Macleod Trail Launch Site COMPLETED
    Sunrise: 7:23am | Sunset: 7:30pm 5:15pm Fiesta Flight Macleod Trail Launch Site COMPLETED
    Sunday, September 25 7:30am Fiesta Flight Macleod Trail Launch Site COMPLETED
    Sunrise: 7:25am | Sunset: 7:28pm -- -- -- DONE

    Launch Site Access

    Open legend for details, zoom in to see field details by the binoculars

    The nearest intersection is Macleod Tr SW and Deibert Close SW, High River

    Blue pin is at 50.577089, -113.887937  Printable Launch Site PDF can be downloaded.

     

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    Spectator Information

    • All flights are weather dependent and will be cancelled if conditions are unsafe.
    • Pilots attend a flight briefing prior to every launch at the Heritage Inn Balloon Central
    • Watch the website and social media for information on whether a flight is CANCELLED, on STAND-BY, or a GO.
    • When weather conditions are changing and variable, the decision to fly or not fly may be made at the last moment.
    • Launches may be on stand-by where weather conditions are not good for flying at the scheduled time but will improve shortly. 
    • Pilots and crew will arrive at the launch site for the Fiesta Flight shortly after the time noted in the Time column in the table above. 
    • Spectator parking is available on the residential streets near the launch site. See the map above. 
    • There will be a designated accessible parking section on the west end of Macleod Trail SW.
    • The number of spectators for each Fiesta Flight is unknown so we cannot predict how far away you will need to park.
    • Arriving 15-30 minutes ahead of the scheduled Fiesta Flight time is recommended.
    • While spectators cannot access the launch field, watching launches from outside the perimeter still offers a very up close and exciting experience.
    • Viewing on the south and east side of the perimeter is at field level. Viewing on the west and north side of the perimeter is above field level on the berm path.
    • Once launched, spectators can chase the chase vehicles to follow the balloons.
      • Please allow the chase vehicles to leave the field and remain
      • Remain a safe distance behind all chase vehicles. Chase vehicles need to follow their balloons.
      • UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES enter a landowner's property, including their driveway or field. This is private property. Remain on public roads at all times.
    • Please leave your pets at home! We love animals and hate to see them spooked by all the people and unpredictable sounds that the balloons make.
    • Remember your camera! There are lots of opportunities to capture amazing images.

    Volunteering

    Area residents and visitors alike are welcome to volunteer for the Festival, including as crew members for Festival pilots. The opportunity to crew offers an up-close experience with the hot air balloon flight.  From inflation to packing up, the experience will last a lifetime.  If you or your visitors are interested in volunteering, please complete a volunteer application.

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