For the second year, the Goodyear Ballpark will play host to the 8th Annual Arizona Balloon Classic featuring the Street Foodfest and will benefit Valley of the Sun United Way as a Community Partner. Valley of the Sun United Way’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty for Valley families. “We fight to end hunger in the classroom, to end homelessness, and to put a stop to financial instability.” A portion of ticket sales will go directly back to Valley of the Sun United Way programs.
The Arizona Balloon Classic is Arizona’s premier hot air balloon race & festival and the only race in town, will attract over 20,000 fans and consumers. In 2019, the Arizona Balloon Classic will consist of multiple “Hare and Hound” Hot Air Balloon races.
Actual hot air balloon racing consists of multiple competitions in order to get the closest to the center of a target, which will determine who the winner of the “Race” is. The “Hare” balloon leaves first to place the “Target” and the rest of the balloons; the “Hounds” chase the “Hare” to the target. The “Hound” balloons are subjected to dropping markers onto a large target on the ground. The closer the marker is to the center of the target; the better chances of qualifying for the $2,500 cash purse. Sort of like darts from the sky, except you’re moving where the winds take you.