POTEAU, OKLAHOMA (KFSM) - Dozens of pilots are prepping their hot air balloons for the 10th annual Poteau Balloon Fest. Over 30,000 people will be coming to the Leflore County fairgrounds Oct. 17th-18th to enjoy the carinval rides, food, and the famous balloon rides.
The Poteau Chamber of Commerce took this event over in 2011. With it being at the fairgrounds for the past four years, it has caused this festival to balloon with the amount of people.
Around fifteen balloon pilots from all over the United States come every year to this festival. They take people on rides to see the view of the city. People will enjoy the sites while the pilot answers any questions that people might have.
Eight to eleven people can ride in each balloon at once with two tethered balloons taking flight. Two rides will happen after sunrise and two rides will happen before sunset. Each ride is ten minutes long.
"The tethering is acutally hooked to a concrete pile and also vehicles, and what it does it just rises and falls,"said Karen Wages with the Chamber of Commerce. Wages said the pilot might just get up so high and let the balloon rise and fall, and go up and down. "You will be able to see over the event and it's a good experience," according to Wages.
Armbands are $5 at the gate. That armband admission is good for both days of the festival.