NSB Balloon & Sky Fest News













Balloon & Sky Fest Welcomes Visitors from All Over the World

"The impact on this area's economy is huge, just huge!"

Theresa Perry, the Executive Director of Balloon & Sky Fest Foundation, the 501(c)(3) non-profit that manages the New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest each year, spoke about the event and its visitors at a recent meeting for volunteers.

"People literally come from all over the world to Volusia County and New Smyrna Beach to experience our event. We bring thousands of visitors here every year."

Data from surveys conducted during the past three years were shared: each year, approximately 40% of attendees come from outside of Volusia County, and visitors represent more than 20 states outside of Florida. Thousands of room nights are produced in area hotels and condos, and the restaurants and shops fill up for the weekend.

"Last year, we had people here from Brazil, Norway, and Germany," Ms. Perry noted.

"We're really proud of our impact on the area, and of the ways we can create positive change and impact on this area's youth. We're really looking forward to April 17-19!"

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The New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest is set for its 7th annual event at the New Smyrna Beach airport just six weeks from now. See BalloonandSkyFest.com for all the details.


The Very First: RUN THE AIRPORT 5K at Balloon & Sky Fest

A brand new addition to the 2015 New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest will be the first Run the Airport 5K Run / Walk, scheduled for Sunday morning April 19th at 8:00 a.m.

Entrants will get to run or walk on the airport's taxiways and runways, competing on a one-of-a-kind course unlike any racecourse - ever!

The runners and walkers will pass by a World War II-era B-17 bomber and several air show planes, and then will whirl right by the Sunday morning hot-air balloons that are scheduled to tether after sunrise on "Balloon Island."

"This is so exciting!" said Florida senior runner Bill Barneson. "I've run 68 races so far, in all kinds of terrain and scenery, but never anything even close to what this will feel like. I can't wait!"

Registration for the run is open until race time April 19th. Visit the Run the Airport page and register now for the most unique 5K anywhere.
























Balloon & Sky Fest Loves Animals

Many of the volunteers who work on organizing the New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest are lovers of both aviation and animals.

This past weekend, several combined these loves into a fabulous trip, flying with other pilots and planes from Florida up to southern Alabama to rescue 210 dogs. Working through Pilots N Paws, a non-profit that organizes and supports such rescue flights, the dogs were rescued from overcrowded shelters where they would most certainly have been euthanized in the upcoming days. They were delivered to "No-Kill" shelters in five Florida cities on Saturday, and are on their way to forever homes now.

HERE is a video of the rescue, produced by one of the pilots, a Balloon & Sky Fest volunteer.

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The New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest is set for April 17-19. VIP Passes are now on sale HERE – this is the BEST way to take in everything that Balloon & Sky Fest has to offer!

A reminder: Hotels in the area sell out fast; book your reservation soon! And remember that the Country Inn & Suites is the Official Hotel of Balloon & Sky Fest again in 2015.