Every summer people flock to Central Oregon for a magical event: as the sun rises over Bend Oregon each day from July 23rd to July 25th, dozens of colorful hot air balloons take flight. As things slowly begin to return to normal after Covid-19, there is hope that the Balloons Over Bend event will return this summer.
The Balloons Over Bend event is scheduled to take place from July 23rd to July 25th, 2021. This year’s event will support the local nonprofit Saving Grace. According to Balloons Over Bend, “Saving Grace offers safety, hope, and healing to survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault and engages Central Oregon to build life free from violence.”
Photo via the Balloons Over Bend Website.
Every year visitors turn out early in the hopes of getting to meet a pilot and help inflate one of the massive balloons. Others stand back and watch as crews do their part to get the balloons into the air at sunrise.
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