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Balloon Competition
Each morning you should plan to be at seated the field by 6:30 to see what many people believe is the best time to see ALL the balloons flying and it is generally cooler in the morning. The balloons will take off upwind from the field and will fly over Pennington as they drop a bean-bag marker onto a target.
Balloon Mass Ascension
Friday and Saturday afternoon, half of the balloons (approx. 30+) will set-up on the Pennington field and take-off. This event permits the crowd to walk about the field and visit the crews. It is a great time to take close-up pictures of the inflation process. Also one balloon will take off as “the hare” and soon after the other balloons will chase the hare as “the hounds”.
Balloon Glow
Friday and Saturday evenings after sunset, many people make a special trip to see the balloon glow that resembles huge lighted ornaments. Half of the balloons (approx. 30+) will inflate on the Pennington field and flash their burners synchronized to the announcer's instructions; "all burn","twinkle burn", etc.
Children's Village
Children's Village has expanded to include a host of activities, artists, food, and fun for the entire family. Some of the free activities include: pony rides, water slides/inflatables, rock wall, face painting, arts and crafts, and much more.
The skies will glow with spectacular fireworks on Friday and Saturday night at 9:30pm, following the balloon glow, and will provide a dramatic grand finale. This display is quickly gaining recognition as the best fireworks show in the area.
Parachute Team
The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Command Parachute Demonstration Team, the "Screaming Eagles", is a full time aerial demonstration unit in the United States Army. Visit their website.
band schedule
3:00PM-6:00PM DCI Band  
6:45PM-8:15PM TBA  
2:30PM-4:30PM Angola Band  
4:45PM-6:00PM BR Music Studio Bands  
8:45PM-9:15PM TBA  

If you need more information about the Pennington Balloon Championships, please contact George Richard at or call (225) 933-2027 or click here to fill out our contact form.

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