Balloon Festival ready for Pahrump sky

The 2018 Balloon Festival was set to kick off today, Feb. 23 at Petrack Park, which will be completely overtaken by activity and excitement for three full days.

The Pahrump Valley Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Balloon Festival for the fifth year in a row, and there is bound to be something for nearly anyone to enjoy this weekend.

At 6 a.m. today, Petrack Park opens to the public and residents can flood into the grassy fields to watch as 30-plus balloon teams labor to ready their hot air balloons for flight. Once the balloons are drifting serenely through the sky, the Pahrump Valley High School rodeo will start at 8 a.m. to keep the fun going.

Vendors and the carnival, provided by Davis Amusement Cascadia, will open at 4 p.m. this afternoon. At 5 p.m., those with VIP Access tickets to the Balloon Glow will be able to find their spot on the flight field to prepare for that feature of the event at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, Feb. 24 much the same schedule will follow but with the addition of a car show starting at 8 a.m. and tethered balloon rides beginning at 10 a.m. Vendors will also be opening early on Saturday at 8 a.m. The Balloon Glow will take place at 6 p.m. again.

On the final day of the event, Sunday, the park opens at 6 a.m., lift-off is set for 7 a.m. and the rodeo, vendors and carnival start at 8 a.m.

Quilt show starts

For those who may want to fill their weekend with fantastic fabric artwork rather than, or in addition to, hot air, the 2018 Pins and Needles Quilt and Needlework Show is set to take place this weekend as well.

The Quilt Show starts at 9 a.m. today inside Nevada Treasure RV Resort, where more than a dozen vendors and a huge variety of quilts, works of embroidery and every type of fabric art in between will be on display.

Attendees will also be able to learn a few fabric art techniques during the demonstrations that will take place and enjoy several sessions of old-fashioned bed turning. The 2018 Opportunity Quilt will also be up for raffle.

Contact Reporter Robin Hebrock at rhebrock@pvtimes.com. On Twitter: @pvtimes.