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Prosser gets its float on with annual balloon rally

The Greater Prosser Balloon Rally lifts off Sept. 25-27 at the Port of Benton's airport in Prosser.

There will be all sorts of fun stuff going on all three days, including a night glow, steeldrum music by the Bram Brata and OK2Botay bands, chalk art contest, food and craft booths, a harvest festival, along with dozens of colorful hot air balloons.

"This year we have 26 balloons participating in the rally," said Jim Milne, director of the Prosser Chamber. "This is the 20th anniversary of this event."

Pilots will take their balloons airborne at 6 a.m. each day, weather permitting.

The Harvest Festival is open from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 25 and includes the sale of balloon memorabilia.

Then on Sept. 26, a breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to noon at Keene-Riverview School, and a continental breakfast is offered from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Prosser Airport. Cost is $4 for adults and $3 for children.

The Night Glow at Art Fiker Stadium in downtown Prosser, gets under way at 5:30 p.m. The steeldrum bands perform before the balloons light up, starting at dusk. The brilliant glow from a handful of hot air balloons is a sight to see. Admission to the night glow is free.

On Sept. 26, the Harvest Festival is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. And arts and crafts and food vendors will be open starting at 11 a.m. each day in the downtown area as well as at the airport and Fiker Stadium.

There also will be a chalk art contest downtown Sept. 26-27. All ages welcome to compete. Chalk supplies and entry fee is $5. No registration required.

A breakfast will be served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Prosser Senior Activity Center on Seventh Street. Cost is $5.

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