Balloon festival roars back to Ogden Valley

Friday , August 15, 2014 - 10:40 PM

Standard-Examiner staff

EDEN  The Ogden Valley Balloon Festival was back with a roar of heated air Friday after a four-year absence from the picturesque area.

This year’s festival, which continues Saturday and Sunday, will have 15 balloons, organizers said.

In years past, the festival had 30 or more balloons, but with the economic downturn in 2009, the festival wasn’t able to continue, since getting hot-air balloons into the air comes with a steep price tag, said Terry Murphy, festival director.

This spring, Nordic Valley stepped in and offered to host the event.

“It was really quite a surprising turn of events to come back this quickly, and to be in such a healthy state, which comes right back to our community stepping up and helping in many different ways to make it happen,” Murphy said.

Murphy said Ogden Valley is the area’s only hot-air balloon festival, with Antelope Island’s Balloon Festival canceled due to inconsistent wind patterns, making it difficult to fly the balloons each year.

The Ogden Valley festival originally began as a fundraiser to add improvements to Eden Park in 1996, but has since turned into a kind of mecca for hot-air balloon enthusiasts.

  • WHAT: Ogden Valley Balloon Festival
  • WHEN: 6 a.m-10 p.m. Aug. 15, to 9 p.m. Aug. 16, to noon Aug. 17
  • WHERE: Nordic Valley, 3567 Nordic Valley Way, Eden
  • ADMISSION: Free, $10 for car parking

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