Las Vegas: Balloon Festival to benefit police search and rescue unit

By Jay Jones

10:00 AM EDT, October 17, 2013


Visitors to the Las Vegas Balloon Festival will be able to learn how the balloons get off the ground, and even take a ride in one at the Oct. 25-27 event.

Amid a colorful multitude of tethered balloons, the Las Vegas Balloon Festival will also feature food stalls and a carnival.  A specially equipped balloon will be available to take people with disabilities aloft.

The event begins at 7 a.m. each day on the grounds of Southern Hills Hospital in the southwest Las Vegas Valley, about 20 minutes from the Strip. It’s a fundraiser for the volunteers who help staff the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Search and Rescue unit.

Admission is free, but there is a charge for sunrise balloon rides starting at $250. A “Reach for the Stars” balloon will offer trips in its handicapped-accessible basket.

The Search and Rescue team, which responds to emergencies over more than 8,000 square miles of mountainous, desert terrain, will provide daily demonstrations of their skills.

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