Balloon Fest this week
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This weekend, visitors to Bluff will be awed, amazed, and amused as the Annual Bluff International Balloon Festival takes off for a weekend of fun.

The Bluff Community Center is the place to be at 7 a.m. on Friday and Saturday to watch the beautiful, colorful, huge, fascinating, hot air balloons inflate and ascend into the crisp winter sunshine. The festival moves to spectacular Valley of the Gods on Sunday morning.

Join friends, neighbors and visitors from around the country for days of entertaining events and fund-raising festivities. A full schedule of events can be found on page xx.

Friday evening at 5 p.m., Bluff Elementary School presents the Navajo Taco Supper featuring fabulous fry bread tacos and Native Dance performances by the students. This is a delicious, inexpensive way to support the kids of Bluff.

In addition to the balloons, a 5K race will snake through the streets of Bluff on Saturday morning, beginning at 7 a.m.

After the balloon lift-off on Saturday morning, spend the day at the Community Center (on 3rd East Street) shopping the Balloon Festival Art Show.

Featuring artists from around the Four Corners area and around the town, visitors will find jewelry, photographs, paintings, books and more from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Next, be tempted by the tastes of southwest treats at the Southwest Cook-off at the Community Center from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sample a bite of every chef’s creation (or bring one of your own) and then vote with your cash for your favorites.

Saturday evening is capped off with one of the festival’s most anticipated moments. The sunset sky is brightened by the firelight of tethered balloons at the Glow-in at 5:30 p.m. Get up close with the balloons and their crews and enjoy the warmth and beauty of the glow.

The festival closes with the magnificence of the balloons soaring across Valley of the Gods on Sunday morning. Meet at the Community Center at 6:30 a.m. for weather confirmation and caravan down to watch the splendor of the balloons sailing above the red rock beauty of the valley.

The Business Owners of Bluff are pleased to bring this event each year and grateful to their sponsors, San Juan Economic Development, Rocky Mountain Power and all of the friends and businesses that contribute to their success every year. Please join them.

For more information about the festival, call Marcia at 435-672-2290 or Steve at 435-672-2341.

Call Gene for information about the Arts Fair at 435-672-9959 and Steve for information about the 5K run at 435-672-2341.

The Bluff Community Center is located on 3rd East Street in the heart of Bluff.
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