Balloon Information

Tethered balloon rides FAQ’s

 

How many people can ride together in the balloon’s basket?

Generally, around 6 people depending on the size of each person, and the size of the basket that the pilot has for his/ her balloon.

Is there a weight limit for balloon rides?

Each balloon can fly with a combined passenger weight of around 700 pounds. However, this number does not include the pilot/ crew, and will vary depending on the size of the balloon (larger balloons can carry more weight).

Are the tethered rides handicap or wheelchair accessible?

Yes. We will have some walk-in baskets to allow easier access, and our pilots would be happy to accommodate, within reason for the safety of yourself and the crew.

Why are the balloon rides tethered to the ground, and not taking flight?

Lamar-Dixon is surrounded by power plants and chemical plants (BASF, Shell Chemical, Occidental Corp, and Methanex, to name a few) which restricts the air traffic in the area. No balloons are to fly out from Lamar-Dixon.. The tethered rides are also more cost friendly to our festival participants, a true hot air balloon flight can cost between $175-$225.

 

Balloon FAQ’s

 

How does a hot air balloon work?

If you’re familiar with the term “heat rises”, this can give a pretty good indication of how hot air balloon fly. As the propane burners heat the air inside of the balloon’s envelope, the balloon will ascend. To descend, the vent at the top of the envelope may be opened to expel the hot air, or the air may be left to cool on its own.

When can balloons fly?

Hot air balloons may only fly during specific weather conditions. Flights will generally occur at sunrise or sunset, when the atmosphere temperatures are lower and wind speeds are the lightest. Wind speeds over 8-10 MPH are considered too dangerous for flight. Other conditions, such as thunderstorms, rain, or fog that occurs within 100 miles will ground balloon flights for safety reasons.

How many people can ride together in the balloon’s basket?

Generally, around 6 people depending on the size of each person, and the size of the basket that the pilot has for his/ her balloon.

Is there a weight limit for balloon rides?

Each balloon can fly with a combined passenger weight of around 700 pounds. However, this number does not include the pilot/ crew, and will vary depending on the size of the balloon (larger balloons can carry more weight).

 

 

Festival FAQ’s

 

How close can I get to the balloons?

You may get as close to the balloons as you wish, using your best judgement.

Is smoking allowed at the festival?

No smoking will be allowed. This is a threat to all safety, due to the heavy presence of flammable fuels on the grounds.

Can I bring my purse/ back pack into the festival?

Yes, these items are allowed, but are all subjected to being searched upon entry.

Are pets allowed?

No, pets are not allowed on the festival grounds.