The 2017 Vernon Winter Hot Air Balloon Rally will be held Feb. 2 to 5.

The 2017 Vernon Winter Hot Air Balloon Rally will be held Feb. 2 to 5.

New Vernon society soars with hot air balloon rally

The 2017 Vernon Winter Hot Air Balloon Rally will be organized by the North Okanagan Hot Air Balloon Society

It’s up, up and away for a new group.

The 2017 Vernon Winter Hot Air Balloon Rally will be organized by the North Okanagan Hot Air Balloon Society during Vernon Winter Carnival Feb. 2 to 5.

“The society was formed earlier in 2016 by longtime volunteers who have helped organize this rally over the last 24 years,” said president Jerry Brassard.

The non-profit society’s purpose is to promote hot air balloon events in the North Okanagan.

“Balloon rallies bring together the community in a family-friendly environment,” said David Gleed, event director.

“Those same rallies bring in tourists to view the balloons and enjoy the Winter Carnival in Vernon.”

For more information about the society, go to diggerdo.wix.com/nohabs or check out the North Okanagan Hot Air Balloon Society on Facebook.