Jun 20, 2017 - From staff reportsPlanning for Riverton Rendezvous events has begun, and the 37th annual hot-air balloon rally is inviting sponsorships for three days of ballooning and related activities.
A full sponsorship costs $600, with half sponsorships available for $350. Typically, about 30 balloons need sponsors for the Riverton rally.
This year's balloon rally dates are July 14-17 under the rally theme "An Eclipsing Experience," named in conjunction with the total solar eclipse about a month later, when Riverton and other Fremont County locales will be prime viewing spots.
The balloon rally starts officially on Friday, July 14, with a welcoming cocktail party for pilots, crews and sponsors. Many balloonists opt for a Friday morning "media flight" as well, although the full field of balloons isn't scheduled to ascend from the Central Wyoming College campus until Saturday, July 15. A second flight follows on Sunday.
A tailgate party Saturday recognizes prize winners for several rally contests.
Eric Carr is this year's Riverton Rendezvous Committee president.
Carr noted that balloon sponsors have priority position when it comes to balloon rides.
Sponsors get recognition in several ways during the weekend, including a sponsor's banner on the ballon basket for all flights.
Anyone interested in sponsoring a balloon should contact Megan Sims at Riverton City Hall via phone at 857-7720 or by mai lc/o the City of Riverton, 816 N. Federal Boulevard, Riverton WY 82501. Kristin Watson is a backup contact at 857-7706.
Balloon sponsorships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Rally organizers prefer that sponsorship contact be made this week.
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