January is cold but the hot air balloon news this month is off with a sizzling start at the Havasu Balloon Festival January 18-21, 2013! This is their third annual event that has become a hot ticket for the new year! It will be highlighted by skydivers, illuminated balloons at night and off course lots of beautiful balloons in the skies during the day! A great family outting to get the new year started! You can find out all the details on this event http://www.havasuballoonfest.com/ .
Also hot this month is the Mesquite Hot Air Balloon Festival January 26-27, 2013. This event is being held at the CasaBlanca Resort in Mesquite, NV in the golf club area and will sure to be a great time for all who attend! There will be a chili cookoff. an Elvis Rocks concert, illuminated balloons, a motocross event and much more! You can find out more about this event at http://www.casablancaresort.com/special-events-balloon-festival.php
In breaking news this month, in California a young couple decided to get married in a hot air balloon this January 7, 2013, but things didn’t quite go as planned. Shortly after Jonathan and Kerin Narcisse said their “I do’s” strong gusts kicked up, sending the basket with the bride and groom and wedding party swinging like a pendulum before crashing into a private fence in San Diego. Thankfully, all 11 people survived with only minor cuts and bruises and the go getter couple says they would do it all again if given the chance! Good Luck to the newlyweds who are now on their honeymoon!
In another incident on January 15, 2013, in Melbourne, Australia, a freak set of tradewinds blows two sight seeing groups off course and force an emergency landing in Brighton Landing in the Port Philip Bay neighborhood. All people were unharmed and kudos went out to the pilots for their quick thinking in the emergency!