Q. How many people can ride together in the tethered balloon’s basket?
A. 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.
Q. Is there a weight limit for balloon rides?
A. 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).
Q. Are the tethered rides handicap or wheelchair accessible?
A. Yes. We will have a 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.
Q. How does a hot air balloon work?
A. 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.
Q.When can balloons fly?
A. 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.
Q. Is the event handicap accessible, including bathrooms?
A. YES! We have you covered, including bathrooms.
Q: Can we bring our pets to the event if they are leashed?
A: Unfortunately we are not allowing pets this year at SOAR, so please make sure you get all of your pet cuddles in before the event.
Q: Will there be hot air balloon rides with admission tickets? It is on my bucket list!
A: We will be having Hot Air Balloon Rides for select sponsors Saturday Morning, weather permitting.
We will be also offering tethered rides, to all attendees, for an additional fee, at select times during the festival.
Q: Are tickets limited?
A: Tickets are limited for the Skydiving portion of the event. With such a large venue, it is unlikely that we won't be able to accommodate everyone. If we do start to fill up to capacity prior to the event, we will make sure to post it on all our social media outlets.
Q: I plan to bring my infant, will they need a ticket?
A:Infants one & under will be free!