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Southern Utah News Front Page: February 14, 2019

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Welcome to Balloons and Tunes 2019

Check out the balloons as they launch from the old golf course Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings.


This year we are expecting 50+ hot air balloon pilots and 12 bands over another beautiful Presidents Day Weekend.

Hot air balloon launches will take place at the former Coral Cliffs Golf Course in Kanab each morning at 7:30 a.m. (weather permitting).

Starting Friday afternoon join us on Main Street for a one-of-a-kind vendor fair and listen to our first few bands battle it out for the winning title of this year’s Battle of the Bands!

Saturday morning will start us off with another balloon launch (weather permitting), a vendor fair throughout the day and into the evening, and to end the day join us on Center Street for a Balloon Glow at 7 p.m., followed by a Lantern Festival as the top three winning bands play into the night!

Don’t forget, there will be one last Balloon Launch on Sunday morning (weather permitting), so be sure to stay all weekend!

Each morning will start with a pilot weather report from our balloon meister, Bryan Hill, as he delivers the news if it is safe to fly. Balloons flying are never guaranteed at an event like this. But there is so much more to do if there is bad weather.

Stay for the Battle of the Bands, vendors and more! If it is too windy or raining/snowing, there will be no lantern launch on Saturday night, but there will be a candle stick show from our balloon pilots on Center Street the same night.



Friday, February 15

7:30 am - 10 am: Morning Balloon Launch (weather permitting) @ former Coral Cliffs Golf Course

3 pm-9 pm: Vendor Fair on Main Street

3 pm-9 pm: Battle of the Bands on Main Street (Courthouse lawn)

Battle of the Bands

3 pm: Late Night Brass

4 pm: TBA

5 pm: The Dirt Nappers

6 pm: Scarlet Rain

7 pm: My Dad the Astronaut

8 pm: Burden of Proof


Saturday, February 16

7:30 am - 10 am: Morning Balloon Launch (weather permitting) @ former Coral Cliffs Golf Course 11 am-9 pm: Vendor Fair on Main Street

11 am-9 pm: Battle of the Bands

7 pm-8 pm: Balloon Glow on Center Street (weather permitting)

8 pm-9 pm: Lantern Festival Launch on North Main Street (weather permitting)

Battle of the Bands

11 am: Sick for Sadie

12 pm: SUU Red Rockers

1 pm: Say Hey

2 pm: Bone

3 pm: Carver Louis

4 pm: Lost in Bourbon

5 pm-5:30 pm: Entertainment

5:30 pm: Declare winners of 2019 Battle of the Bands

6 pm: third place winning band

7 pm: second place winning band

8 pm: first place winning band


Sunday, February 17

7:30 am - 10 am: Morning Balloon Launch (weather permitting) @ former Coral Cliffs Golf Course

Balloons and Tunes Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to Balloons and Tunes first Balloons and Tunes Scavenger Hunt played by using your smart phone!

This exciting new part of our event is hosted by Kane County Events and Volunteer Center. You have a chance to win $1,000 and lots of other prizes! So sign up now to be a participant.

After Febuary 10, download the Scavify app on your phone, make an account and search for Kanab Balloons and Tunes 2019. (Once you sign up, you will receive the password to enter the hunt. If you have any problems with this step, please call Amanda at Kane County Events and Volunteer Center 435-644-3696 and she will walk you through it.)

The hunt will begin at 5 a.m. on February 15, and cannot be accessed until then, and it will run until February 17 at 12 p.m. The person with the highest score is the winner. There will be several different point levels and prizes given away during the hunt as well, which will be listed on our Facebook page, Balloons and Tunes Roundup.

This scavenger hunt will consist of taking video and pictures, answering some trivia questions about the balloonists and scanning QR codes. There will be biographies about each balloonist and each band posted to the Facebook page for you to read and be able to answer the questions. There are items to be found during every activity so plan on checking everything out and spending some time enjoying this fun filled event. 


- Don’t cheat! It’s a game, so play fair and have fun. 

- All pictures and video must have been taken during the hunt and must be taken by you. (No copying from the internet or anywhere else)

- If you find the QR codes, do not remove them. Scan it and move on. 

- Don’t disrupt any activities while playing this game. Be respectful to balloonists, crews, bands, crowds, vendors, all equipment, everyone and everything else. 

- If you cannot follow the rules, you will be disqualified.

Please contact our Facebook page with any problems! 

Balloons and Tunes Quilt Raffle

Kane County’s local quilting guild, the Canyon Country Quilt Guild, has created two beautiful quilts that will be rafflled off at this year’s Balloons and Tunes Roundup! See these beautiful quilts at the Kane County Visitor Center until February 15 and purchase raffle tickets for each one.

During Balloons and Tunes Roundup you can view and purchase tickets at the information booth during the street fair on Main Street February 15-16.

The winner(s) of the quilt(s) will be announced during the Battle of the Bands on Saturday, February 16. Don’t live in the area? No worries! The Canyon Country Quilting Guild will send your quilt(s) to you, free of charge. Don’t miss out on winning one of these beautiful quilts! Get your tickets at the Kane County Visitor Center or the Street Fair on February 15-16. Raffle ticket prices are one ticket for $1, six tickets for $5, 12 tickets for $10, 18 tickets for $15, and 24 tickets for $20.

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