Eyes to the Sky Balloon Festival, Salina UT

Out of all of the fun things to do in Sevier County this time of year. One of my favorites is the Eyes to the Sky balloon festival in Salina, UT. While this is the 7th annual festival we’ve only been attending the last 3 years. It’s easily becoming tradition to attend.

The kids at the Eyes to the Sky balloon launch 06/21/2014
The kids at the Eyes to the Sky balloon launch 06/21/2014

Watching them take off and travel through the morning air is always a good start to a day, for some reason Khryslee has been calling them birds. It looks like the kids were a bit chilly this morning as we arrived. For some reason they didn’t launch smokey again. He would have been one of the last off the ground, definitely one of the cooler balloons though.

Gayl McCoy's "Emerald Sky" from Spring Creek, NV
Gayl McCoy’s “Emerald Sky” from Spring Creek, NV
My youngest daughter and I at the Eyes to the Sky balloon launch 06/21/2014
My youngest daughter and I at the Eyes to the Sky balloon launch 06/21/2014
"Skip" Mencimer's "Wild Thing" from Park City, UT
“Skip” Mencimer’s “Wild Thing” from Park City, UT
Brian Duncan's "Hot N Happy Too" from Houston, TX
Brian Duncan’s “Hot N Happy Too” from Houston, TX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of my favorite parts of the festival is the “balloon glow” at night, once it starts to get dark they line these giants up on Salina’s main street and light them up. It’s really cool to see so many Sevier County residents out enjoying the night air at this event.

Getting my hair ripped out by the happy little Karli at the Eyes to the Sky Balloon glow 06/21/2014.
Getting my hair ripped out by the happy little Karli at the Eyes to the Sky Balloon glow 06/21/2014.

This year we couldn’t of made it through the night without my friend and co-worker Holly Hansen “Holls balls” for some reason in ¬†wandering she decided that she needed 4 glow sticks which came in real handy when all of the children decided that they needed glow sticks (stupid dad apparently doesn’t know what cash is).

Another feature of this years balloon glow was running into friend and Co-worker Sandy Phillips and my niece Tangila. I couldn’t help but treat the whole herd of brats to a snow cone at Salina’s “Soda Barn” which turned out to be a nice little spot for all of us to get a snack.

My niece Tangila giving baby Karli a kiss on the cheek at the Eyes to the Sky balloon glow 06/21/14.
My niece Tangila giving baby Karli a kiss on the cheek at the Eyes to the Sky balloon glow 06/21/14.
A blurry photo of Josh Lewis's "Czeck It Out" from Salina, UT
A blurry photo of Josh Lewis’s “Czeck It Out” from Salina, UT
Joshua Lewis' "Czech It Out" from Salina, UT
Joshua Lewis’ “Czech It Out” from Salina, UT
Bill Howes's "Tequila Sunriset" from St. George, UT.
Bill Howes’s “Tequila Sunriset” from St. George, UT.
My son Lucas Price having an important conversation with his cousin Tangila in this photo.
My son Lucas Price having an important conversation with his cousin Tangila in this photo.
My daughter Khryslee enjoying the Eyes to the Sky balloon glow 06/21/14
My daughter Khryslee enjoying the Eyes to the Sky balloon glow 06/21/14
Sandy Phillips and Holly Hansen enjoying the Eyes to the Sky balloon festival 06/21/2014.
Sandy Phillips and Holly Hansen enjoying the Eyes to the Sky balloon festival 06/21/2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Normally, The Richfield Reaper publishes a little special section highlighting the balloons, pilots, and events. Last year it was composed by Roger Barney, and the year before I did it. For some reason this year we didn’t have one :/ Just this half page ad. Jennifer Dorgan did a fantastic job squeezing all of the information and pictures into this.

Advertisement design by Graphic DesignerJennifer Dorgan for Eye's to the Sky Balloon Festival. Published in The Richfield Reaper 06/11/2014.
Advertisement design by Graphic DesignerJennifer Dorgan for Eye’s to the Sky Balloon Festival. Published in The Richfield Reaper 06/11/2014.