About 20 hot air balloons are set to float across the skies and above the Ozark Mountains near Harrison when the city holds the Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championship Sept. 5-7.
The festival begins Sept. 5 with tethered balloon rides available to individuals for $1. On Sept. 6 balloon pilots will compete in the key grab, in which they will try to maneuver their balloons to grab a key from a flag pool. Saturday evening will be the Hare and Hound race. One balloon, called the hare, takes flight first and drops a bag to the ground to be used as a target. The rest of the balloons, or hounds, then try to drop their bags closest to the target to win. The festival wraps up Sept. 7 with a morning balloon race.
Morning flights typically begin around 6:30 a.m., and evening flights usually depart between 5 and 6 p.m. The tethered rides are offered from the practice football field behind the city's junior high school. Balloons involved in the races depart from several locations and can be seen from throughout Harrison.
Admission is free. The festival is dependent on the weather.
For more information, contact the Harrison Chamber of Commerce at (870) 741-2659.