The South's oldest balloon event and the United States' only long distance hot air balloon race will begin (weather permitting) with a mass ascension of 30 bright and colorful hot air balloons in North Georgia's Alpine Village - Helen.
Race competitors and local flyers will take to the sky at 7 a.m., Thursday, June 5, 2014. If the weather conditions are too windy or storms are forecast, the take off will be postponed until conditions are acceptable. While the competition to the Atlantic continues, other balloonists compete in local events beginning Thursday evening around 6 p.m.. Local flying events will take place also on Friday and Saturday. The balloons will fly around 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day (weather permitting). The balloons will only fly for around 1-2 hours.
There will be many opportunities available to the public, including assisting with the inflations, being a part of a chase crew, taking a tethered ride in a balloon or a champagne flight over the mountains.
Hours of Operation
Thursday: 7:00AM - 6:00PM
Friday: 7:00AM - 6:00PM
Saturday: 7:00AM - 6:00PM
Admission & Fees
Tethered balloon rides $10
Free Parking, Parking on Site
Suitable for Ages
Entertainment, Family Friendly, Sports & Racing