Snowmass Village Toasts Summer With Wine and Balloon Fests
KREX News Room
SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo.- The 37th Annual Snowmass Village Balloon Festival began Friday. It's one of the best known balloon festivals in the country. Paired with the Balloon Festival on Saturday was the Snowmass Village Wine Festival.
Bruce Wood, who called himself the "Balloonmeister" of the event, said, "Get out here with Mother Nature and enjoy the scenery. Put some fabric against Mother Nature's backdrop."
Mark Whiting, who attended both festivals, said, "Snowmass is not a destination for a bucket list. Snowmass is a destination to come back to over and over and over."
The community woke up before the sunrise on Saturday for the second day of the Snowmass Village Balloon Festival.
Patrick Carter, a balloon pilot from Colorado Springs, said, "We started coming here the first year in 1976. Of course, I was only 13."
"Is it important to keep doing it? No, it's fun to keep doing it. We do it because we love it," Wood said.
Later in the day on Saturday, people were able to go down the street for the Snowmass Village Wine Festival.
Barbara Bakios-Wickes, a wine and festival coordinator, said, "We currently have 31 wine tables here with wines represented from all over the world."
Locals say they look forward to giving outsiders a taste of their town every year.
"It's one of the vendors' favorite events every year, which tells you something, too. They like coming."
Shari Canon, who went to both events, said, "It's incredible. I'm one of those first-timers on many levels. Not only flying a balloon but coming down to Snowmass. It's lovely, it's gorgeous."
Those who come back every year say Snowmass Village is the perfect venue for these events.
Wood said, "It's one of the greatest places to fly, really in the world. I've got a pilot that flies for us commercially and of all the places he's ever been flying he says this is by far the most spectacular."
Locals say there's no better way to toast summer goodbye and welcome in the winter.