Keep an Eye Out for the Duck and Win a Chance for a Free Hot Air Balloon Flight During the Event for Two!
We are drawing not just one Find a Duck winner, but more. We will contact you as we draw them. Check this page for more info.
Kimberly Bowie from Home Depot
Elizabeth from Joe's Ride-n-Dine
Advanced Air, America's Mattress, Boulevard Glass, Chamber of Commerce, Copper and Cotton, Copper Hills Dental, Edward Jones 411 5th St, Enchanted Boutique, Gila Outdoor, Gila Valley Embroidery, Goodman Ag, Green's Furniture, H&S Feed Tack & Wear, Home Depot, Joe's Ride-n-Dine, Kempton Chevrolet, Lee's Rite-Way, Marcia's Garden, Matlock Gas, OHS, Pollock"s, The Wear, Tierra Antigua Safford, and Valley Furniture.
TERMS: Must be at least 18 years old to participate. Flight is weather dependent and will be assigned during the event only (Dec 29-Jan 1). Only one entry per person per store. Winner will be drawn Wednesday, December 27, 2023 and contacted by phone. Winner may bring one additional passenger.
ADDITIONAL CHANCE TO WIN: Please KEEP THIS COUPON and bring it to the DJ at the launch by 7AM. Depending on weather and availability, we may be drawing additional winners.
WE NEED CREW! Another chance to fly is by crewing. Many of our pilots take crew along for a flight when possible. As crew, you help set up the balloon, follow the balloon as it flies, and help pack it up. You don't need any experience; the only qualifications are being dependable and able to follow directions. Please sign up today visiting gilavalleyballoons.com.
The Gila Valley New Year's Balloon Extravaganza has two goals--Bring tourism to the Gila Valley and offer families a FREE, family-friendly way to celebrate New Year's. With the generous support of sponsors, we bring these majestic balloons to the Gila Valley.
To become a sponsor for the 2023-2024 event, go to Sponsor Signup or email email@example.com or contact Susan Lindsey at 928-965-3222. If you are a previous sponsor, simply enter your mobile number and verify the information.
BALLOON LAUNCHES 7:30 AM (weather permitting)
WHERE: Field southeast of Ruth Powell School
PARKING: Ruth Powell parking lot
FUN: DJ provides music while you get close to the balloons and pilots
Want to Fly at the Event?
Become a sponsor and receive tickets to fly at the event.
If you want to volunteer, sign up to be crew. Crew members who help all days may get to fly. Check out the Crew Sign Up Page to volunteer.
Friday and Saturday Glows
During balloon glows, spectators can come right up to the baskets where they can talk to the pilot and crew, and enjoy the specatular beauty of these magestic giants that stand seven stories high.
During our Glow Party on New Year's Eve, starting at 6:00 pm, there will be free tether rides for children first come first serve (weather permitting). The balloons will begin inflating at 6:30 and there will be a "balloon drop" celebrating New Year's at 8 PM.
FRIDAY BALLOON GLOW:
Friday 6 PM to 7 PM Home Depot Parking Lot
SATURDAY NIGHT BALLOON GLOW PARTY:
Tething starts at 6:00 PM Glow Party at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM Safford Middle School Football Field
For several years, pilot Debbi Waltman of Colorado, good friends with Greg and Susan Lindsey, would come to Safford for a week during New Years to escape the Colorado cold and the three would enjoy flying in the Gila Valley. In 2019-2020, Bruce Dodson drove from Phoenix and we had four balloons in the air. In 2020-2021, Valerie Favicchio, also of Colorado, learned of our little tradition and asked to join creating what became known as the first Safford Balloon Extravaganza. Word spread, and soon Gary Macguire of Colorado, Keith Evans of Utah, and Andy Richardson of Indiana all came to join. Seven balloons flew the skies above the Gila Valley ringing in the 2021 year. From great mornings flying to sitting around the campfire at the Lindsey home, everyone had such an amazing time, they asked if we could do this again next year, and of course we said ABSOLUTELY!
And so began the Saffod Balloon Extravaganza. The Lindsey's hosted and the amazing Duckling Crew provided food for all of the pilots who came . The community responded well and were thrilled to see seven balloon flying. Thanks to some city council members and the Graham County Chamber of Commerce, we gained community support and the name was changed from the Safford Balloon Extravaganza to the Gila Valley New Year's Balloon Extravaganza in 2021-2022. As the last rally of the year in the nation and the first rally of each year in the nation, we are excited to host balloon pilots who come from multiple states to help us ring out the old year and in the new year!
Thank you Jessie Rodgers for this video of the event.
Generous Support of our Future Sponsors for 2023/2024...
AZ Air Ventures and the Duckling Crew created the Gila Valley New Year's Balloon Extravaganza as a free event for our community to enjoy. It is only through the generous support of our sponsors that we are able to bring these majestic balloons to the Gila Valley. Each balloon we bring in is based on of our local businesses generously giving financial support to make this event happen. Please help us thank our sponsors.