Balloon Race

Perfect Weather For 25th Anniversary Of New Haven Hot Air Balloon Race But What Happens After Balloons Take Off

Pictured is the Pepsi balloon landing ("hare" balloon) while the rest of the balloons chase after it.

By Kyle Quick

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - You could not have asked for better weather for Saturday’s New Haven Hot Air Balloon Race presented by Pepsi, celebrating their 25th Anniversary as an estimated 3,000 people filled the New Haven City Park, all hoping to see the sky filled with balloons.  Especially since it was 2011 when the weather last cooperated enough for the balloons to lift off.

As the balloons eventually vanished, the vast majority of people are left wondering where did they land, who won, and pondering with the question of what exactly is a Balloon Race? (Below is video footage from the end of the race.)

Video From Our Flight In 2011’s Amazing Hot Air Balloon Race

-- It’s been two year’s since the weather has cooperated for the New Haven Balloon Race, which was back in 2011 when we flew in the Pepsi Can. Since this being the 25th Anniversary and a great look forecast for Saturday, we want to let you see the view out of a hot air balloon as well as how the winner is determined.

Get Ready For The 25th Annual New Haven Hot Air Balloon Race And Glow

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - The Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of New Haven will host its 25th annual balloon race on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the New Haven City Park at 1 p.m, featuring over 20 hot air balloons from across the Midwest.

The race is a hare and hound race, which means that the hare balloon takes flight first and marks an "X” where it lands. The hound balloons follow and try to drop a bean bag onto the X.  The balloon that drops closest to the mark wins the race.

UPDATED: New Haven Balloon Race Little Mr. and Miss Pageant - Download Entry Form

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NEW HAVEN, Mo - The Little Mr. and Miss Pageant will be held on September 27 at the New Haven Balloon Race.

All children ages 3 to 7 in all areas of the New Haven and R-II School Districts are eligible.

The interviews will begin at 3:30pm and the on-stage portion of the pageant will begin at 5:30pm.

Balloon Glow Draws Huge Crowds - Over 1,000 People Flood New Haven City Park

Photo by Kaylin Bade

New Haven, Mo. - Over the past few years, suggestions of having a Balloon Glow as part of the Annual Hot Air Balloon Race became a reality Friday night. Picture perfect weather and the excitement of seeing a balloon glow for the first time attracted an estimated two thousand people.  (Number of people estimated by QNN.)

As the sun began to set, white flashes of light began firing with spectators all trying to capture the breathtaking view of six balloons lighting up the nighttime skies.

Saturday's Balloon Race outlook:

New Haven Chamber Kicks Off Saturday With Parade - Food And Games In Park Starting At 1 p.m.

Interactive or download Parade route map below.  Use your smartphone and get custom directions.

New Haven, Mo. - The New Haven Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the 2013 Balloon Festival, held in conjunction with the 24th annual Pepsi Hot Air Balloon Race on Saturday, September 28. The event is free and open to the public.

The Festival grounds open at 1 p.m. Saturday at New Haven City Park. Lineup for the annual parade, with the theme “Music, Music, Music” begins at 12:45 p.m. at the New Haven Elementary School parking lot on Elton

Only Two Days Before Friday Night's Balloon Glow And 24th Annual Hot Air Balloon Race

By Kyle Quick

New Haven, Mo. - Saturday will mark the 24rd Annual Hot Air Balloon Race presented by Pepsi.  Despite last year's near perfect weather the winds won, but this year everyone is hoping mother nature will be a little nicer.

Missouri weather is unpredictable and forecast's you see on TV are not specifically for New Haven.  However,  our good friends at ABC17 and Meteorologist Neville Miller is putting together his forecast specifically for New Haven and what we can expect for Saturday's Hot Air Balloon Race.

Easily access all Balloon Race Information no matter where you are at right here on QuickNewsNow and on Saturday pull out your smartphone to know exactly what time the balloons will launch.  Visit our Race Information Center if you have any questions or more details about Friday and Saturday's events.