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Join us in the beautiful mountain valley of Panguitch for our 14th annual Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally; Southern Utah’s premier hot air balloon event! This event features 35 hot air balloons ascending the morning sky Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Spectators are welcomed and encouraged to come to the launch fields to be a part of the fun, with refreshments available.

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Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally. Photo courtesy of Jolyn Smith

 

Schedule of Events as follows:

Friday: 

Mass Balloon Ascension – 6:30 AM

Tailgating at City Park – 10 AM

Vendors/Inflatable Rides – 12 PM Next to Zions Bank

National Anthem Singing Contest for Tour of Utah Opening Ceremonies in Panguitch – 5 PM at the S&C Corral (57 N Main). Contest entry open to Garfield County residents. Contact Cheryl Church to register. cherylchurch@gmail.com or 435-590-2892.

Live Entertainment at Main and Center – 7 PM

Saturday: 

Mass Balloon Ascension – 6:30 AM

5K Race – 7:30 AM (Start Point is Panguitch High School)

Lions Club Breakfast – 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM. All you can eat breakfast of pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, orange juice, coffee, and hot cocoa for kids. Cost is $6 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12. 5 and under are free.

Vendors/Inflatables/Face Painting – 10 AM Next to Zions Bank

Harley Davidson Parade – 10:30 AM

Dog Contest – 11 AM FREE registration. 11:30 AM contest. Prizes for the best dressed, owner look-a-like, best kisses, tricks and waggin tail! Dunkin for dogs. Registration at Waggin Tails. 255 E Center Street.

Balloon Rally Bingo – 1 PM to 3 PM. Cards $1. Located at the Social Hall on Center Street. Sponsored by Shed, Inc. and Little L’s Bakery

Amateur Karaoke Contest – 4 PM at the Social Hall. $5 entry fee. Cash prizes for adult and children’s categories. Sponsored by Garfield Memorial Hospital.

Harley Davidson Rodeo – 4:30 PM to 6 PM at the Panguitch High School. Free

Chocolate Fest/Home & Garden Show – 6 PM to 8 PM at the Mack and Pat Oetting Residence. 295 N Main. This is a fundraiser for one of Panguitch’s beautiful women, Debbie Pollock, who has been fighting cancer.

Raffle Drawing – 6:30 PM at Thomas Auto

Live Entertainment on Main and Center – 7 PM

Balloon Glow – dusk. All are welcome to help the pilots inflate their balloons.

After the Glow dance – 9 PM Zions Bank Parking Lot. Free

Sunday: 

Mass Balloon Ascension – 6:30 AM

Band Balloon Glow

Entertainment during the Balloon Glow. Photo courtesy of Jolyn Smith

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Harley Parade in Panguitch during the Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally. Photo courtesy of Jolyn Smith

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Balloon Glow on Main and Center in Panguitch. Photo courtesy of Jonie Barton

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You never know who you’ll meet walking the streets of Panguitch during the Balloon Festival! Photo courtesy of Jolyn Smith

 

 

Jodi and Randy at the Bryce Navajo Loop

Jodi and Randy at the Bryce Navajo Loop

Randy and Jodi had a goal to buy a Campground in the Southwestern Part of the US so they could quit their corporate jobs in Minnesota and become small business owners. After looking at six different RV Parks, they were most impressed with the Hitch-N-Post here in Panguitch, due to the close proximity to Bryce Canyon National Park. They say driving Scenic Highway 12 was the clincher in the deal for them. They have now been here in Panguitch for 1 year and 3 months.

Randy and Jodi enjoy being able to hit the ATV trails right from their home, and be able to ride in all directions. They also enjoy hiking in Red Canyon, and fishing in the Panguitch Creek and Sevier River.

What they love most about Panguitch:

Jodi: “It is tough to say one thing, the town is charming and residents very welcoming, but the majesty of the mountains wins.”

Randy: ” The wide variety of things you can do right in town and surrounding area.”

Randy and Jodi at the Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally

Randy and Jodi at the Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally

ATV fun!

ATV fun!

Randy by the area's amazing red rocks!

Randy by the area’s amazing red rocks!

Ground Breaking Ceremony for
Panguitch’s National Scenic Byway 143 Interpretive Kiosk

PANGUITCH – After several years of planning, Panguitch City, Garfield County and Utah’s Patchwork Parkway (National Scenic Byway) broke ground in preparation for the construction of a Byway/Community Interpretive Kiosk.  The public was invited to attend a ground breaking ceremony on May 2nd at 3:00 p.m. at the turn-out at the west end of Panguitch across from the UDOT Maintenance Shed on Hwy. 143.

Speaking of all the effort and planning that has gone into this event, Commissioner Leland Pollock stated, “We lost our sawmill, we’ve lost mining, we’ve lost a lot of our good paying jobs and so really one of the only things we have left besides agriculture is tourism. And for an example of what it means to a little community like this, I think we estimated about 70% of the revenue that Panguitch brings in comes in from tourism. So these things are just absolutely vital to the area and that’s much appreciated.”

Also in attendance at the Ground Breaking Ceremony was Brian Head’s Mayor Dutch Deutschlander, who after jokingly stating that he was not in favor of “Utah’s Patchwork Parkway,” said: ” I am firmly convinced now it is the appropriate name for this. All you have to do is leave this wonderful valley, drive across the meadows through Brian Head down to Parowan turn around and come back and the scenery is constantly changing, just as if you were looking at a quilt and see the different patterns the different colors, all those factors in it. I’d like to echo the Commissioners comments, thank you to everyone for your cooperation in this! Let’s break ground, let’s keep it moving!”

The construction project, which includes one interpretive kiosk in Panguitch, two stone entryway signs in Parowan, two interpretive kiosks in Parowan, and 14 trailhead signs in the Brian Head area, is a partnership between Panguith City, Garfield County, Parowan City, Brian Head Town, Iron County and Utah’s Patchwork Parkway.

The hexagon kiosks will provide shelter to eight interpretive panels describing the history and attractions of the byway communities and public lands.  “The Quilt Walk Story, pioneer, agriculture, and Panguitch Lake stories will be depicted on the panels,” said Byway Coordinator Nancy Dalton, adding, “that visitors can gain an understanding of how the area has developed over time beginning with its first inhabitants through today.”

The project is funded through matching grants from the Federal Highway Transportation Administration’s (FHWA) National Scenic Byway Program.  Contractor hired is Larry Pendleton Building, Inc.  Construction will begin April 15th with completion slated for June.  Construction progress will be shown on the byway’s Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/UtahsPatchworkParkway.

Drawings and pictures of, kiosks, and interpretive panels were on display at the ground breaking.  For more information contact Byway Coordinator Nancy Dalton at 435.463.3735.

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As Host City for Stage 2 of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah cycling race in August, we invite you to be a volunteer and take part in the fun that will accompany this event. Stage 2 will take place on August 7th, 2013 and starts here in Panguitch. Registration is now open on the Tour of Utah website.

The following positions will be open for volunteers to choose from:
  • Course Marshal (our greatest need – assist along race course with safety of the field of play, keep course clear)
  • General Tour Volunteer (host, crowd control, security, information, set-up or take down, staff check-in, hydration stations, etc)
  • Green Team – Youth Groups (Youth under 18 must be accompanied by a leader or parent)
  • Doping Escorts (Male only)
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is also in need of those who could be part of the 6 day traveling course marshal team. Because the stages will be held in both southern and northern Utah, they are looking into the possibility of providing housing for those who will have to travel.
Those who are signed up to volunteer will receive a Tour of Utah t-shirt, collapsible lunch tote and lunch for the day of the race, water bottle, and sun protection.
Volunteer Tour of Utah