Due to extenuating circumstances, the North Okanagan Hot Air Balloon Society has cancelled the popular Balloon Glow event during the Vernon Winter Carnival. The society’s 28th annual Hot Air Balloon Fiesta will still take place, weather depending. (Morning Star file photo)

Vernon Winter Carnival Balloon Glow deflated

‘Extenuating circumstances’ force North Okanagan Hot Air Balloon Society to cancel popular event

One of the Vernon Winter Carnival’s popular events of the opening weekend will not take place.

Due to a number of extenuating circumstances, the North Okanagan Hot Air Balloon Society regretfully has announced the cancellation of the Balloon Glow event on Friday, Feb 1.

This decision was not arrived on lightly, but could not be prevented, said the Vernon Winter Carnival in a news release.

Some factors for the cancellation include lack of resources, both monetary and manpower. The additional requirements and costs for use of City of Vernon parks, including Polson Park, site of the Balloon Glow, has been problematic due to soft ground in the past and a general lack of parking.

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A new location was planned for 2019 but City of Vernon parks department requirements were too expensive for the evening glow in the new location.

“We’re very disappointed to hear this event has been cancelled, but we are still looking forward to the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta and seeing the balloons in the sky over Vernon during the first weekend of Vernon Winter Carnival,” said Vicki Proulx, Carnival executive director.

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The North Okanagan Hot Air Balloon Society’s 28th annual Hot Air Balloon Festival is slated to take to the skies Feb. 1-3. Where and when they fly is completely weather dependent.

You can follow the North Okanagan Hot Air Balloon Society on Facebook for updates on flight times.

For further information please contact The North Okanagan Hot Air Balloon Society at nohabs@outlook.com or call 250-549-1291.



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