It’s their beauty, perhaps.
Or their novelty.
Or some other indefinable magic.
Whatever it is that draws people to hot air balloons — it’ll be on display this weekend in Prosser.
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The Great Prosser Balloon Rally is Sept. 25-27.
Residents and visitors alike can expect to be delighted by close encounters with the colorful balloons.
“You’re walking through town, or going to Starbucks, and all of a sudden, without a sound, they’re floating through the air. They’re landing. They’re splashing and dashing on the river,” said Morgan Everett, event chairman. “People really love them.”
The event is in its 26th year and will feature about 20 hot air balloons and pilots from the Northwest and beyond.
Rides aren’t available, but there are plenty of other ways to interact with the balloons and pilots, from checking out the public sunrise launches to the taking in the popular night glow.
“There are a lot of events in Prosser, but this is one that’s been around for quite a while,” Everett said. “It’s a family fun event. You can get close to the pilots, the balloons. You get to interact, take pictures. Sometimes they ask volunteers to help, grab a rope.”
The balloons launch each morning at about 6:45 a.m. at the Prosser Airport, weather permitting.
The Night Glow, in which anchored balloons glow against the night sky, is at dusk on Sept. 26 at Art Fiker Stadium. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
Other weekend events include a Harvest Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 25 in downtown, followed by a street dance from 7 to 11 p.m.
On Sept. 26, a farmers market follows the launch, running from 8 a.m. to noon by the city library. The Harvest Festival continues from 9 am. to 6 p.m., along with the Caren Mercer-Andreason Street Painting Festival.
The Harvest Festival and street painting festival continue downtown from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. Sept. 27.
For more information, go to www.tourprosser.com/balloonrally.