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1st Annual Tunica Balloon Bash

By on Friday, October 05, 2012

The air's going to be hot in Tunica this November!  Come see the 1st Annual Tunica Balloon Bash that will welcome 40 hot air balloons to four casino resort properties.  Hot air balloonists from across the country will come together the weekend of November 9-11, 2012 to compete in early morning races to win over $12,000 in cash and prizes.

And this event isn’t just for the hot air balloon expert!  Each casino property will host balloons in their parking lot for a balloon glow at sunset on Friday and Saturday nights.  Visitors are invited to meet the pilots and experience the size and beauty of this majestic sight of the orange glow in the Mississippi Delta.

In addition to the balloon glow, visitors will have an opportunity to ride 40-50 feet up in a hot air balloon on a tethered ride.  One balloon at each property will be tethered or attached to the ground for these rides at no cost.  Make sure to get there early because the tethered rides only last for 2 hours and we expect a long line.

And if you do visit during the festivities, we want to see your photos of the event or your view from up above Tunica.  Show us your view by sharing your photos on Twitter and Instagram with the tag #TunicaBalloonBash or post them on Facebook.com/TunicaMS.

Here’s the complete schedule:

Friday, November 9 5:00 – 6:00 pm – Balloon Glow at Fitz, Gold Strike, Hollywood and Horseshoe 5:00 – 7:00 pm – Tethered Balloon Rides at Fitz, Gold Strike, Hollywood and Horseshoe (1st come 1st serve) 7:00 pm – Casino Fun and Entertainment Saturday, November 10 7:00 – 9:00 am – Balloon Race/Competition 3:00 – 5:00 pm – Balloon Fun Flight - weather permitting (Throughout the resort area, spectators can watch or "chase" the flying balloons from the ground.) 4:30 – 5:30 pm – Balloon Glow (Participating properties to be determined.) 4:30 – 6:30 pm – Tethered Balloon Rides at Fitz and Hollywood (1st come 1st serve) 6:30 pm – Casino Fun and Entertainment Sunday, November 11 7:00 – 9:00 am – Balloon Race/Competition The Tunica Balloon Bash is sponsored by The Fitz Casino & Hotel, Gold Strike Casino Resort, Hollywood Casino Tunica and Horseshoe Casino & Hotel Tunica. For more information about hot air balloons, check out these other blogs: A Hot Air Balloon History Lesson Hot Air Balloons in Pop Culture Boost Your Balloon IQ Our Favorite Pins, Projects and Time Passers to Prepare for the Tunica Balloon Bash

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