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Southern Utah News Front Page: February 13, 2020

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''Love is in the Air'' - Welcome to 2020 Balloons and Tunes

The Kane County Office of Tourism is expecting over 40 balloons to participate in this weekend’s Balloons and Tunes Roundup. There will also be 12 groups vying for the top spot in the Battle of the Bands.


By Dixie Brunner

Calling all hot air balloon enthusiasts! Come out this weekend for the 6th annual Balloons and Tunes Roundup on February 14, 15 and 16.

This year over 40 hot air balloon pilots are expected, and there will be 12 bands participating in the Battle of the Bands. We are hoping for perfect weather so our pilots can launch all three mornings!

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 North 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 on the Courthouse lawn!

Saturday morning will start off with another balloon launch, again at 7:30 a.m. (weather permitting), with a vendor fair throughout the day and into the evening. To end the day, join us on Center Street for a Balloon Glow at 7 p.m. This will be followed by a Wishing Lantern Launch, as the top three winning bands play into the night!

Don’t forget, there will be one last balloon launch on Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. (weather permitting), so be sure to stay in town all weekend!

Each balloon launch will start with a pilot weather report from our most respected balloonmeister and hot air specialist Bryan Hill, as he delivers the news if it is safe to fly.

Remember that if it is not safe for the balloons to take flight, there are so many other events going on. Battle of the Bands, vendors and food galore – what more could you ask for?

If it’s too windy, or raining or snowing, there will be no Lantern Launch on Saturday night. If the Balloon Glow is cancelled, there will still be a candlestick show from the balloon pilots on Center Street. Stay the whole weekend and enjoy the fun – you won’t be disappointed!

Text HOTAIR to 888777 to receive live text updates throughout the event. Additionally, visit the Kanab Balloons and Tunes Roundup Facebook page each morning. Information from the pilot briefing at the launch site and updates for other elements of the event will be posted throughout the weekend. Follow us on Facebook for minute by minute event updates!

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