Balloonists will compete and fly for accuracy in flight tasks and hitting targets, on the ground, in six flight attempts over the weekend. The free event is sponsored by the Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn (http://www.bavarianinn.com/)
“The competing pilots are from three surrounding states and are from as far away as Iowa. Ten of these pilots rank in the top 100 in North America,” states Jim Engel, chief operating officer, Bavarian Inn Lodge and event chairman. Engel is working with key leaders who have hosted national and world hot air balloon championships to orchestrate the competition over and around Frankenmuth.
Pilots from Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan will compete to win the competition. Six flight attempts will occurr at approximately 6:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET from Friday evening through Monday morning. A number of new balloons will be joining in this year, so spectators can look forward to new sights and colors flying and glowing at this year’s event.
Held in conjunction with Dog Bowl 2014, (http://www.bavarianinn.com/
In addition to viewing the balloon competition, visitors will experience the Balloon Glow Village on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at River Place Field, giving them an opportunity to walk under and amongst 15 tethered hot air balloons that glow and flicker in the evening sky. This free event allows spectators to meet the pilots, get autographs and even take pictures with their children in / or next to the pilot and his basket.
A highlight of the event is the free fireworks display on Sunday, May 25 at approximately 9:45 p.m. Bring the entire family to see hot air balloons glowing under a shower of patriotic fireworks, with a special salute to military service personnel.
Piloting hot air balloons is a growing sport that is sophisticated and technical. The use of websites to track wind speeds and directions for every thousand foot level combined with the use of GPS technology allows pilots to better target their destination. This brings an unparalleled precision to the sport. During the morning and evening flights, the pilots will navigate their balloon to certain targets, placed and assigned to them by the officials.
Experience balloon Launches and flyovers at River Place field each morning and evening of Memorial Day Weekend. See a complete schedule for the Balloons Over Bavaria Balloon Championships at www.dogfunfest.com/
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