Dec. 29, 2023 Thru Jan. 1, 2024
Weather Permitting!




The adventure starts at 6:45 AM. Crewing for a hot air balloon is fun and exciting. 



Volunteers and Crew will be entered into a


drawing to win Home Depot Prizes 


and free balloon rides.


1. No experience necessary
2. Be cooperative, friendly and follow directions
3. Be physically able to help with holding fabric



Click the link below to sign up.

Click here to be redirected to the link mentioned above.

Listen to Greg & Susan's Voice of the Valley Podcast

Click here to listen to podcast.

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

Click here to be redirected to the link mentioned above.

Become a Sponsor!

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 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


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.


There are three different sponsorship levels. Visit our sponsor page to get information or go to to sign up.


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 6 PM to 7 PM
Home Depot Parking Lot



Tething starts at 6:00 PM
Glow Party at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Safford Middle School Football Field 


If you are interested in sponsoring one of the Glow Nights, please contact us at


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.

See Our Sponsor's Commercials...

Advanced Air Systems

Boulevard Glass

Copper Hills Dental

Edward Jones

Goodman Ag

Ice King

Joe's Ride-n-Dine

Optimal Health Systems

Pollock's Western Outfitters

Tom and Tracy Pursley Realtors
Tierra Antigua


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.


If you would like to become a sponsor for the 2023-2024 event, or find out more information, go to Sponsor Signup or email or contact Susan Lindsey at 928-965-3222.

Advanced Air Systems
See Their Commercial...

America's Mattress / Valley Furniture & Appliance

Ash Creek Financial Advisors


AZ Air Ventures, LLC

Barney Trucking, Inc.

Boulevard Glass
See Their Commercial...


City of Safford

Comfort Inn Thatcher

Copper Hills Dental
See Their Commercial...



Edward Jones
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Gila Valley Embroidery


Goodman Ag
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Graham County Board of Supervisors

Graham County Chamber of Commerce


Highland Balloon Repair

Home Depot

Ice King
See Their Commercial...


Joe's Ride-n-Dine
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Kempton Chevrolet

Majik 100.7 FM


Matlock Gas

Optimal Health Systems
See Their Commercial...

Pollock's Western Outfitters
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Relax Tax and Accounting Service

Special Anonymous Donor for Randall Lindsey

Tom and Tracy Pursley Realtors
Tierra Antigua

See Their Commercial...


Tri-County Materials

United Way

Vining Funeral Home


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