Mesquite, NV –

UPDATE, SUNDAY, JANUARY 30TH, 7:55 PM – The last launch of the 2022 Mesquite Hot Air Balloon Festival has happened.

UPDATE, SATURDAY, JANUARY 29TH, 6:00 PM – Night Glow started on time.

UPDATE, SATURDAY JANUARY 29TH @ 8:30 AM – Balloons are inflated and taking off! Enjoy the view!

UPDATE, SATURDAY JANUARY 29th @ 7:40 PM – A.M. Launch delayed, but happening! Set-ups and prepping taking place.

UPDATE: Saturday, January 29th at @7:30 pm, the balloons are still sitting inside trailers as the pilots and event staff coordinators are still waiting for better winds. Launch uncertain.

UPDATE: Friday, January 28th, 5:20 pm – The P.M. Launch is on schedule and is going to happen! The Night Glow and Candlestick Show will happen at 6:00 pm.

UPDATE: Friday, January 28th, 9:00 am- The A.M. Launch was canceled due to high winds. The event staff and balloon pilots will reevaluate around 5:00 pm and see if the Night Glow and Candlestick Show Launch will proceed as planned.

Original Article:

About 6:30 am this morning, on Friday, January 28th, a couple of visiting balloon pilots reported to the Virgin River Times the weather may not be good to do the A.M. Launch this morning scheduled to start at 7:30 am at the Oasis Resort Parking Lot across from Casablanca Resort and Casino. The Casablanca is located at 950 West Mesquite Blvd.

Balloon Pilot Kylee Reeder of Smartsville, California stated,” Weather isn’t looking great this A.M., It’s a little on the breezy side. Flying isn’t a big deal but landing would be.”

The pilots have reported they are meeting at 7:00 AM for a “Briefing” with Mesquite Hot Air Balloon Festival Event Coordinators and other pilots to figure out if they will be able to do the AM launch.

“The weather is really going back and forth whether it will be good or not to launch,” said Reeder. “We will know more after the briefing.”

The Weather Warning was issued yesterday twice at about 1:00 pm and then at about 9:00 pm for high winds in the area by the National Weather Service. The winds reached a high 22 mph yesterday around 2 pm while the it has been averaging about 11-18 mph throughout the night and morning. This wind speed is excluding the sudden gusts that may pick up.

The Mesquite Hot Air Balloon Festival is scheduled to start today at the A.M. launch at 7:30 pm, if weather permits. The rest of the schedule is as follows:

FRIDAY, JANUARY 28, 2022

*7:30 A.M MORNING LAUNCH – Free Admission, All Ages Oasis Resort Parking Lot (Across from CasaBlanca Resort and Casino)

*6:00- 7:00 P. M- NIGHT GLOW- CANDLESTICK SHOW-Free Admission, All Ages (CasaBlanca Resort and Casino- Southwest parking lot under resort video marquee sign)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 29, 2022

*7:30 A.M MORNING LAUNCH – Free Admission, All ages- Oasis Resort Parking Lot (Across from CasaBlanca Resort and Casino)

Champagne Tasting in Skydome lounge, free admission, 21+ only 4:00 P.M. – 6:00 PM

*6:00- 7:00 P. M- NIGHT GLOW- CANDLESTICK SHOW-Free Admission, All Ages (CasaBlanca Resort and Casino- Southwest parking lot under resort video marquee sign)
*Balloon Launch time is approximate and dependent on weather conditions

SUNDAY, JANUARY 30, 2022

*7:30 A.M MORNING LAUNCH – Free Admission, All Ages- Oasis Resort Parking Lot (Across from CasaBlanca Resort and Casino)

*Balloon Launch time is approximate and dependent on weather conditions

Balloons launch at Mesquite Hot Air Balloon Festival in 2019. (Photo: Brenda Hankla)

This article will be updated as information and news is received.

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