Plans are underway for what may well become
Cochise County Fair Association, sponsors
of the county fair, the largest event in
Cochise county, will sponsor the First Annual
Cinco de Mayo Hot Air Balloon Festival
at the Cochise county fairgrounds, the weekend
of April 30th through May 1st.
The center piece of the weekend is the hot air balloon flights that will take to the air at daybreak on Saturday
and Sunday morning, weather permitting. Corporate balloon
sponsorships are available and include a ride for two in
their sponsored balloon, corporate spotlight in advertisements,
a welcome party and a booth at the event. The traditional
evening “glow” event, a favorite of photographers,
will take place after sundown, when balloons remain aglow
creating an awesome sight.
Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican victory over
the French in the battle of Puebla of 1862. Areenactment of
this famous battle performed by students from local schools,
and sponsored by Mexican Consul in Douglas, Oscar de la
Torre, will be an educational highlight on Saturday afternoon.
The performance will be simultaneously translated for
attendees from Spanish to English.
Additional events include a “Children of All Ages” First
Annual Artistic Kite Flying Contest. Contestants fly their
version of a homemade kite or a decorated store bought kite.
Categories include eight years old or under, nine to eleven,
twelve to fifteen, and sixteen and older. Saturday morning
also offers a battle of rock bands, plus dancing under the stars
that evening with the XS Band from Queen Creek band from
6 to 10PM. Apancake breakfast, food and vendors round off
“This is truly a unique family event with wonderful activities
for all ages from adults to kids. Initial reaction from the
public to this idea has been overwhelmingly positive. We are
still working on other attractions and we will post updates on
our website as the event dates gets closer,” stated Karen
Strongin, executive director of the Cochise County Fair Association.
For sponsorship information or questions visit
www.cochisefair.org or call the Cochise County Fair Association
office at 520-364-3819 or contact Carlos Valenzuela at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (520) -220-6221