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Don’t miss your chance to fly over Bend in a hot air balloon!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014by  Christa VanWieringen

Our WALLY events team is excited to announce that we’re giving away another hot-air balloon ride for two people at Balloons Over Bend, on Friday, July 18!

How to enter

Just stop by the WALLY van on Friday, July 18, at Balloons Over Bend, grab a raffle ticket, and enter to win! We'll announce the winner at about 9:15 p.m. that evening (July 18). The winner must be on-site to claim the prize.

Balloon ride details and schedule

Date: Saturday, July 19
Arrival time: 5:30 – 5:45 a.m.
Flight time: 6 – 6:30 a.m.
Location: Riverbend Park (799 S.W. Columbia St., Bend, OR 97702)

  • Passengers are asked to arrive between 5:30 – 5:45 a.m. They'll have a brief meeting with their pilot. (Coffee will be available!)
  • Please note that the balloon rides are weather permitting.
  • Passengers will need to be tall enough to see over the edge of the basket, and before the ride, will need to share what they weigh.
  • You must be 18 years or older to be eligible to win the prize.
  • See the full contest rules here.

About Balloons Over Bend

The festival begins on Friday, July 18, and continues through Sunday, July 20. Please note that the hot-air balloons are usually only visible early in the morning during the Morning Launch and in the late evening during the Night Glow at dusk.

Previous contest winner

We know this is going to be a fun prize, because we just had the chance to give away a similar prize at the Tigard Festival of Balloons last month! Our lucky winner was Sara T. from Tigard, Ore., who brought her mom, Eileen F., all the way from Seattle along for the ride!

You can view some footage of their launch here!

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