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You might be wondering what on earth is going on with all the balloons in Walla Walla this weekend … You’ve come to the right place to find out, let us explain …

It is no secret that the Balloon Stampede has been plagued by marginal weather through most of its forty year history. What most people don’t realize is that hot air balloons have actually only averaged flight in Walla Walla thirty-nine percent (39%) of the time on all scheduled flight operations since 1984.

Pilots historically attend the Balloon Stampede from all over the nation (and) there has been a certain amount of frustration by some of those ‘out of area’ participants that have traveled thousands of miles only to spend the weekend watching the wind blow. When the new producing partner took over last January, with the help of long time presenting sponsor Gesa Credit Union, a decision was made to move to a more stable time of year.

What you’re seeing this weekend (October 24 & 25) are the initial results of the decision to move the Balloon Stampede into the fall. Our Balloon Stampede organization is well planned and very detailed in the work we do. There is so much that goes into a decision
such as the one, we have made (to move the event into the fall) and, as a result, there are many new aspects of the event that we are excited to be testing this week.

A few of the things we are looking at and analyzing this week include a Balloon Stampede without concern for crop damage, operations from Tietan Park and possible directional changes pilots might encounter by our moving the event to October and how that might effect our partnership with the Walla Walla airport, schools and parks and their daily operations.

We believe that by moving the Balloon Stampede in to a fall time slot, we should, generally speaking, make our flights longer in duration and slower through the sky and upon landing which are all more in keeping with the general weather requirements of sport hot air ballooning, which translates into a safer Balloon Stampede experience.

In short, we’re attempting “proof of concept” for moving the Balloon Stampede into the month of October. We didn’t promote the fact that we were coming back to town this year because the operational aspects of this visit are significantly different from our traditional visit to the Walla Walla area each Mother’s Day weekend.

Let me try and answer the obvious questions for you …

How long will the pilots be in town for this test ?

Pilots are scheduled to test on Friday morning October 24. I would expect a few balloons to stay and try to fly on Saturday and Sunday too, but those flight operations are not sanctioned or a part of the Balloon Stampede producers test plan.

Can we come and watch ?

Of course, we love having our Balloon Stampede fans, friends and family come out and say hello, take a few pictures and enjoy a launch.

Please take note however, this is a testing session for the pilots. There will be none of the normal and routine infrastructure that you would expect when visiting the Stampede.

That includes concessions and personal services such as porta potty, traffic control or planned parking. The voice of the Balloon Stampede, Jim Bock will likely be there but not in his traditional job as announcer.

For the average spectator, it will simply be a fun and exciting launch to watch.

Why Howard Tietan Park and not Garrison Middle School ?

Tietan Park is the normal launch location for the areas locally based balloon pilots.

Tietan Park also has a very long and rich history in the ‘culture’ of the Walla Walla Balloon Stampede as the host location of the iconic event for many years (and) yes,
the Walla Walla Balloon Stampede has a sincere interest, moderated by our concern for impact to the park’s neighbors and our ability to minimize the inconvenience to the neighborhood, of returning to Tietan Park and making it the permanent home of the Walla Walla Balloon Stampede starting in 2015.

This would, of course be consistent with the promise by event producers last spring, to return the Balloon Stampede to its historic roots.

Will there be a Columbia REA “Nite Glow Spectacular” this weekend ?

No, sorry nothing is planned at this time as this is an operational (and) flight test only.
(however) 
Don’t underestimate our pilots. It’s not out of line to assume that an inflation or two might take place Friday evening around dusk, weather permitting of course.

The best place to learn of any plans like that is on the “Walla Walla Balloon Stampede” official Facebook page.

Which regular Balloon Stampede pilots are scheduled to be flying as part of this weekend’s flight test at/from Tietan Park ?

Jeff Beebe, Curt Pengelly, Tim Gale, Tom Goettsche, Greg Miller, Kemp Lindsey, Gordon Hall, John Kent, Roy Foote, Phil Archey, Teri Bryan, Greg Ashton,
Jeff Shields, Jesse Satterlee, Jerry Cummins, Laurie Spencer and Scott Spencer.

One other thing we’d like you to know …

When we shared this concept with our sponsors and local organizing committee late this past spring, support for the move was overwhelming. Restaurateurs in Walla Walla are thrilled that a new weekend will be selected freeing them to concentrate on Mother’s Day brunch for all the area Mom’s …

You should also know that our ‘fuel’ sponsor for the weekend is our presenting ‘event’ sponsor and partner, Gesa Credit Union. (beyond that) Our dedicated hot air balloon pilots credit their willingness to return to Walla Walla this fall at their own expense, which is absolutely unheard of in ballooning, based on their love and gratitude for the Walla Walla community and forty previous years of sponsor support for the Balloon Stampede. Pilots REALLY want this move to October to work.

This move to an October schedule, which includes bumping the event to five days of flying, is critical to the Balloon Stampede’s future and our pilots know, appreciate and want to be involved in that process.

Thank You for your support of the Walla Walla Balloon Stampede.
(and)

For regular updates on this flight testing session, follow :

Walla Walla Balloon Stampede on Facebook


Walla Walla Balloon Stampede
presented by our friends at
Gesa Credit Union

Rest in Peace Dear Friend Billy “Blast Valve” Lloyd

 

 

 

Here are some other exciting ballooning pages
you’re certain to enjoy …

Our “Ballooning History” pages are a great place to visit if you’d like to know more about hot air ballooning. You’ll find history, “how it works” video’s and great coloring page blanks for the kids to enjoy.

 

Meet the hosts of the 2014 Balloon Stampede, Scott & Laurie Spencer and get a quick look in to their world of hot air ballooning and some of the exciting projects they’ve been involved with.

 

If ‘social media’ is your thing, than the links we’ve provided will get you hooked up with each of our Facebook pages. We look forward to having you join us on our ballooning adventures.

 

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