The 21st annual Sunflower Balloon Festival in Anthony, Kansas is happening this May. Admission is FREE and they have fun activities planned for everyone.
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The Balloon Festival is a three-day event, May 10-12, 2019 and always includes tons of fun activities, like hot air balloon rides, a parade, helicopter rides, a kite festival, car show, and more. Most of the balloon-related activities will be held at the Anthony Municipal Airport, but they’ll also have lots of fun activities and things to do in the town of Anthony, Kansas during the festival.
Check out http://www.sunflowerballoonfest.com/ for more info and for any weather-related changes.
Sunflower Balloon Festival overview
Here is just an overview of the Sunflower Balloon Fest schedule. Be sure to check out the website at the link below for the most up-to-date information.
It looks like it is going to be so much fun!
The festival kicks off on Friday at the Anthony Municipal Airport with a first flight or glow. If the weather doesn’t permit flights on Friday evening, the balloons will stand and glow. You’ll be able to walk among the balloons and visit with pilots and crew.
They’ll also have a preview of the kite festival on Friday night. At dusk, they’ll close out Friday’s activities with fireworks!
The next morning, at sunrise on Saturday, weather permitting, pilots will start inflating balloons. Arrive early at the airport for the best views of the launches.
Tethered hot air balloon rides will be available ($150) or tethered rides ($20 adults, $10 children), as long as the weather cooperates, on Saturday. Helicopter rides ($40) will also be available throughout the day on Saturday.
Other events that start Saturday morning:
Free tours of the Anthony historical museum (10 a.m. to noon)
F-4 Flight Simulator (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
In town, watch the parade down Main Street beginning at 2 p.m. and enjoy a wide variety of activities, including a jet simulator, car show, food and craft vendors, specials at local Anthony merchants and restaurants, and more.
At the airport on Saturday, they’ll be having a kite festival, helicopter rides, and powered parachutes.
On Saturday evening around 6 p.m., the balloon pilots will try for another flight back at the Anthony airport. If all goes well with the weather, they’ll have a special shape balloon, Freedom Flight IV along with the other balloons.
Sunday morning will be the last flight time for the hot air balloons, from 6:30 a.m. to 7 a.m.
Hot Air Balloon Rides
The price for tethered balloon rides during the Sunflower Balloon Festival is $20 for adults and $10 for children.
Non-tethered balloon rides are $150.