Balloon racing back in Goodyear for the 8th Annual Balloon Classic to benefit Valley Of The Sun United Way

JANUARY 10, 2019

Phoenix, AZ – January 10th, 2019 – On January 25-27, 2019, the only flying event in Phoenix comes back to the Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Arizona to host to the 8th Annual Arizona Balloon Classic (ABC8) to benefit Valley of the Sun United Way (VSUW). A portion of ABC8’s ticket sales will go directly back to VSUW programs. Additionally, on Saturday morning, VSUW will be hosting a Weekend Hunger Backpack Assembly in support of its mission to break the cycle of poverty for Valley families.

The Arizona Balloon Classic is Arizona’s premier hot air balloon race & festival that will attract over 20,000 attendees, 80 partners and vendors, and up to 40 hot air balloons across the region. Also featuring our Street FoodFest featuring over 20 local food vendors eats & beer garden, our QuikTrip Family Fun Zone, balloon glows and fireworks spectacular, two (2) stages of entertainment with live music from Milo Matthews, etc., stunt bike riders, cooking demos, hot air balloon rides, hot air balloon tether rides, and more.

 In 2019, the Arizona Balloon Classic will consist of multiple “Hare and Hound” Hot Air Balloon races. The “Hare” balloon leaves first to place the “Target” and the rest of the balloons; the “Hounds” chase the “Hare” to the target. The “Hound” balloons are subjected to dropping markers onto a large target on the ground. The closer the marker is to the center of the target; the better chances of qualifying for the $2,500 cash purse presented on Sunday, January 27th.

On Friday morning, January 24th, the race will be designated to the media only – The 8th Annual Arizona Balloon Classic Media Race Invitational. Each news station, radio, television or print that wishes to participate in this annual event will be assigned a hot air balloon. Then, they will participate in the “Hare & Hound Media Race” which includes tossing a bean bag marker to the target below. Marker closer to the center of the target will be named the winner. Please contact us to participate. Limited space available.

On Saturday, January 26th, and Sunday, January 27th, morning, races will be open to all spectators and fans are encouraged to watch the hot air balloons as they participate in the “Hare and Hound” races. Evening “Glows” on Friday night, January 25th and Saturday night. The event will be held at the Goodyear Ballpark (1933 S. Ballpark Way – NE corner of Estrella Parkway Goodyear Blvd. in Goodyear, Arizona). In addition, there will be hot air balloon rides, hot air balloon tether rides. For tickets please visit for more details.

If you would like additional information about this release please contact or 602-748-4290.

About Valley of the Sun United Way:

Since 1925, Valley of the Sun United Way has unified diverse partners, donors, business supporters, nonprofits, government and faith-based communities to build a stronger Valley for us all. United Way and its 90,000 donors, 400 business supporters and 5,000 volunteers fight to break the cycle of poverty by ensuring children and youth succeed, ending hunger and homelessness, and increasing the financial stability of families. Join the fight, visit