Balloons Over Bend
Beautiful, breathtaking, it’s Balloons over Bend. Floating over the treetops in a happy array of bright colors, blotting out the morning sun just for a moment. I am a kid again, and jumping with joy as I point out each balloon, fancifully picturing myself inside them. I love the way their carts look, and the tiny waving people inside. Ever since I was little, Balloons over Bend has been a staple part of my summers. And each year, my excitement grows once again as I anticipate them rising from the trees to rival the morning sun.
Among the variety of other fun and funky family events Bend hosts, Balloons over Bend is one of my favorite. A picturesque attraction for tourists, businesses and Bendites alike, this lovable festival is so fun to go to with friends, co-workers or family. In fact, it’s even been called, “The biggest family festival in Central Oregon!” The launch began at 6am at Jewell Elementary School, but that’s not where the fun ended. After the balloon take-off, The RBC Wealth Management and Children’s Festival continued the celebrations in Riverbend Park! Face painting, bouncy houses, activities and other family fun began at 10am and lasted until 2pm. Although I have to admit that the balloons may always be my favorite, the events didn’t fail to entertain! From beautiful balloons to spirited social activities, Balloons over Bend really has taken its rightful place as one of Bends most cherished traditions.
One of the things I love about Bend is how much it does to contribute to society. Although Balloons over Bend festival was free and open to the public, wristbands were sold starting at $10 for admission to bouncy houses and other activities. But wait, here’s the awesome part! With each wristband purchase, Balloons over Bend made a donation to Saving Grace. It was such a fun event and I loved that both families and friends could come and enjoy themselves. It was very hot sunny however, so I made sure not to forget my
Sun Soother! It was the best thing to wake up to beautiful hot air balloons and then adventure over to Riverbend Park to continue the fun. What better way to spend a Sunday than with family, friends, great food and Balloons over Bend?
By Izze Moseley, guest blogger