"First Annual Oktoberfest and Balloon Race" Elizabeth by signaturedishesofcol

Elizabeth Travel Guide: 3 reviews and 5 photos

Elizabeth is Growing Up

We live near Elizabeth - within 30 miles and chose to participate in their first balloon race event. Spring Valley Ranch in Elizabeth hosted the First Annual Oktoberfest and Balloon Race on Sept. 9 and 10, 2006. Though wind conditions kept ballooners from launching when we were out there on Saturday morning,about a dozen teams inflated their hot air ballons and then held on to them which wasn't easy. The balloons were ready to fly!

I didn't know why there were such large groups involved in the launching of one balloon until huge wind gusts came to upset the basket causing team members to scramble and all to hold on tightly to the basket as one strong member tethered the balloon on a rope.

Laughter filled the air along with thewhir or fanswhich blowed the propane flames into the balloons. DoubloonCon Negro's pilot, Parker resident, Johnny Nash explained that his balloon is named after a Spanish gold coin, a doubloon. Although the balloons never left the ground on Saturday, they were magnificent up close as they raised their high color on the Elizabeth golf course.

I will be putting a video on my website signaturedishesofcolorado.com of the balloons and excitement of the morning!

  • Last visit to Elizabeth: Sep 2006
  • Intro Updated Sep 13, 2006
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