PRESS RELEASE - July 9, 2020
The organizers of Old West Balloon Fest, the Great Pershing Balloon Derby, Balloon Federation of America, and the Hot Air Competition Division have worked closely to determine if a National Championship makes sense for 2020. The decision was made to postpone all national championship events. Our decision was made based on three major factors. The first factor is that we have competitors, staff and volunteers at both The U.S. Nationals and the U.S. Women’s Nationals in the at-risk groups. The second, the concern of some pilots who were worried about traveling through 3-4 states that have Covid19 cases spiking in order to get to Nebraska or Missouri. Third, concerns that some pilots had about returning home and possibly bringing the virus to their families. We would regret holding a Nationals Competition that did not represent the best pilots in the nation. This was a tough decision and one that was not made lightly, but it is what is best with the current circumstances. Scotts Bluff County will host the 2021 AND 2022 U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championships. Brookfield, MO has been asked to host the 2021 U.S. Women’s Nationals.
In support of both organizers we encourage you to go fly the Old West Balloon Fest or the Great Pershing Balloon Derby, if you feel comfortable doing so. There are openings to fly in both events. Please contact the organizers if you would like to fly either event.
Contact Colleen Johnson, Executive Director Old West Balloon Fest
Contact Sherry Techau, Pilot Relations Great Pershing Balloon Derby
The BFA/HACD wants to thank both organizers for their efforts to put these events on. We also want to thank them for their partnership with the BFA/HACD in the decision to postpone this year’s events. We look forward to working with them in the future.