Bluff Balloon Festival this weekend
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A San Juan County tradition marks it twentieth anniversary this weekend with Bluff International Balloon Festival.

January 12, 13 and 14 are the dates for one of the oldest hot-air celebrations in the Four Corners region. Flying the skies above Bluff provides some of the most breath-taking views of the Southwest.

Sponsored by the Business Owners of Bluff (BOB), this annual event attracts more than twenty balloons, pilots and crews to drift over the incomparable red rock landscape of southern San Juan County.

A series of related events, including three morning lift-offs, educational programs at Bluff Elementary School, Saturday night Glow-In and featured evening activities, bring mid-winter excitement to Bluff and vicinity.

Registration for pilots and sponsors takes place at the Bluff Community Center. Early morning pilot briefings begin at 7:15 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, with flights over Bluff occurring shortly afterwards.

On Sunday morning, crews will be briefed at 6:30 a.m. at the Community Center. From there, many of the balloon teams will form a caravan to drive 20 miles south of Bluff to the Valley of the Gods to fly over that spectacular landscape.

All flights depend upon weather conditions, wind directions and other factors, with safety being the first concern for everyone.

Friday evening, January 12, includes a Bluff Elementary School Benefit Navajo Taco Supper, where parents and teachers provide a delicious meal. The supper begins at 5 p.m.

Running at 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday afternoon is the popular Chili and Ice Cream Social.

The Glow-In begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Bluff Fairgrounds.

For further information, contact www.bluffutah.org, or call Steve at 435-672-2341 or Rick at 502-432-7666.
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