I remember as a young boy traveling to Bryce Canyon National Park with family visiting from England. It was a warm summer day and the old Oldsmobile only had what my father called 2/55 air conditioning (two windows and 55 miles per hour). So I was looking forward to the stop we would make in Panguitch, Utah to get a cold soda. We were standing in the gas station drive when I said wow I thought we lived in a small town, this place is even smaller. My father’s response “yeah don’t blink or you will miss it”.
Fast-forward to today and you will find that the small town of Panguitch, Utah has not grown much over the years, however who would have guessed that it has become home to one of the must attend, fun events of the season, the Panguitch Valley Balloon Festival. The festival boasts to have more than 50 balloons and pilots that attend each year.
In the beautiful mountain valley of Panguitch, Utah the balloon festival is a great weekend adventure. There are many events, a rally, inflatables for kids, raffles, live entertainment, varied vendors, food and drink vendors, karaoke, poker, a 5k race, Harley Davidson rodeo, and much more. The best part, the ‘balloon glow”. Saturday evening the pilots set their balloons up on main street and light up the burners. There is not a better way to experience the historic downtown of Panguitch, Utah than by the glow from many hot air balloons.
In its 17 year the festival is hosted the last full weekend in June, the 24th – 26th. The following schedule of events is subject to change but you can contact Panguitch City for more information.
Friday, June 24
6:30 am- Media Flight
2pm-7pm Vendors & Inflatable Rides
3pm- Parade on Main Street
7pm- Live entertainment
Saturday, June 25
6:30am- Mass Balloon Ascension
7:30am- 5K Race meet at the High School- 390 E. 100 S.
7:30 am-10:30 am- Lions Club Breakfast at Zions Bank
10 am-?? Vendor’s, Children’s Activities, Dunking Booth an Inflatable Rides
Next to Zions Bank
10:30 am- Biker Parade on main and Center
1-3pm- Balloon Rally Bingo at the Social Hall- FREE
4pm- Amateur karaoke Contest
6:30 pm- Raffle Drawing Thomas Auto, 18 N. Main
7pm- Live Music on Main Street & Center
DUSK- GLOW ON MAIN & CENTER STREETS
9pm- After the Glow Dance- Free Panguitch Drug Parking Lot
Sunday, June 26
6:30 am- Mass Balloon Ascension
There are a few hotels with some accommodations. Lodging is limited not to worry though Panguitch is just 68 miles from Cedar City, Utah a little over 60 minute drive. It is also close to Brian Head, Utah and Brian Head Ski Resort just 36 miles 45 minutes, that has many lodging options including Brian Head Cabin Rentals.
So if you are looking for a great weekend getaway that promises fun and excitement for the whole family come to Panguitch, Utah and find out what Southern Utah has to offer.
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