U.S. Southeast Regional Hot Air Balloon Championship and
CenterPoint Energy Red River Balloon Rally Presented by Louisiana Feed Your Soul
Lights Up Shreveport-Bossier July 12-14
SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA – The Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission announced today the U.S. Southeast Regional Hot Air Balloon Championship, July 12-14, and the CenterPoint Energy Red River Balloon Rally Presented by Louisiana Feed Your Soul, July 12-13 on the campus of LSU Shreveport.
The event will feature the U.S. Southeast Regional Hot Air Balloon Championship with up to 30 of the best balloon pilots in the country competing against each other, as well as a festival that will include balloon glows, live Christian, country and rock bands, fireworks display, tethered balloon rides, kidz fun zone, food and craft vendors and much more. Friday is Faith and Family Night presented by First Bossier with performances by First Bossier Worship Band, Dillan Cate, Phillip Cole, Austin Lanier, The Hootens, Building 429 and KB. Saturday is Louisiana Saturday Night presented by Wray Ford with a music line-up that includes top regional Hispanic band, los b-ok, an 80’s music experience with The Molly RIngwalds and a Brooks and Dunn Tribute performance by Neon Circus. Additional Saturday night performers include Spectra Vamp, Phillip Cole, Lance Thompson and Dillian Cate. This year four (4) special shape balloons will help light up the sky featuring, Rocket the Flying Squirrel, Billy the Kid, Jack the Pirate and Armadillo Cowboy.
Tickets for the festival are $10 ages 6 and over if purchased in advance at participating Super 1 Foods and Brookshire’s stores. Tickets at the gate are $12 ages 18 and up, $10 ages 6-17, $10 military and free for ages 5 and under. For a complete schedule of Red River Balloon Rally events and to purchase special ticket packages and single tickets online, visit www.RedRiverBalloonRally.com or Red River Balloon Rally Facebook page.
The competitive balloons can be seen throughout Caddo and Bossier parishes each morning starting at 6:45 am. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings, the balloons can be seen at LSU Shreveport for an assigned competition target attempt.
In addition to the CenterPoint Energy Red River Balloon Rally Presented by Louisiana Feed Your Soul, the public can also see the balloons at the Balloons over Desoto festival on Sunday, July 14 at C. E. “Rusty” Williams Airport in Mansfield, LA; and Glow Greenwood at Boothill Speedway in Greenwood, LA on Wednesday, July 10.
Sponsors of the CenterPoint Energy Red River Balloon Rally Presented by Louisiana Feed Your Soul include the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission, LSU Shreveport, KTAL NBC 6, Alpha Media, City of Shreveport, DeSoto Parish Tourist Bureau, CenterPoint Energy, Louisiana Office of Tourism, Coca-Cola, Glazer’s, First Bossier, Wray Ford, Holiday Lanes, Shreveport Regional Airport, LSUS Foundation, AEP SWEPCO, Republic, Libbey Glass, JPS Equipment Rental, U.S. Army and CAT Energy Rental Solutions. For a full list of sponsors visit redriverballoonrally.com.
For more information on sporting events in Shreveport-Bossier, visit www.shreveportbossiersports.com. For information on things to do and see in Shreveport-Bossier: Louisiana’s Other Side, including area hotel and restaurant listings, visit www.shreveport-bossier.org and www.sbfunguide.com, or call (800) 551-8682.