So...you know, don't bring them.  We don't want to see you get thrown out of the Treasure Valley's best end of summer family friendly event. 

The 2019 Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic is officially underway! Hundreds of kids were able to get up close and personal with the balloons and learn a little bit about ballooning during CapEd Kids Day on Wednesday.  Morning launches where the balloons will take off from Ann Morrison Park are scheduled to take place weather permitting Thursday, August 29 through Sunday, September 1. Inflations begin around 6:45 a.m. after the pilot briefing and if you live/work/play near Ann Morrison Park, you should start to see balloons around 7:15 each morning.

Watching the balloons from your home or office is exceptionally cool, but there's nothing quite like coming down to the park and watching the launches in person.  The Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic, unlike some other balloon rallies, has an open balloon field where you're welcome to walk around and take as many photos as you'd like as the pilots prepare for take off.  We'd love to have you join us, but if you do please leave these three items at home or in the car.

1) Cigarettes and E-Cigarettes

Hot air balloons are fueled by propane tanks.  Fumes thrown off by propane gas sink to the ground and are dangerously flammable. For that reason organizers ask that you refrain from smoking both cigarettes and e-cigarettes on the active balloon field.  If you must smoke, you'll need to walk to the very edge of the area before lighting up.

2) Dogs/Other Pets

New people move to the Treasure Valley every year and may be unfamiliar with this rule.  It was clear on Wednesday morning and so sad to watch the pups that were in discomfort each time the pilots pulled on their burners. Hot air balloon burners make a sound that humans can't hear, but are picked up by your pet's sensitive ears. Simply put, that sound causes them pain. So, do your pet a favor and leave them home just this once.

3) Drones

We get it. Drones are fun, but during the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic the lawn at Ann Morrison Park turns into an FAA regulated airfield. Absolutely NO DRONES are permitted in the park.  Their presence is extremely dangerous to the pilots and our guests.  If you fly one during the event, we have to ground all the balloons and it spoils the fun for everyone. Don't be that guy!

These three items are also banned from the Night Glow event on Friday, August 30.