Watch Balloons Soar in Southwest Iowa

Night Glow, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 18, in Creston, showcases hot air balloons in the twilight. Photo: Travel Iowa

Captivating designs and colors will take flight in Creston for the 43rd annual Creston Hot Air Balloon Festival, scheduled for Sept. 16-19. Festivities kick off at 4:30 p.m. that Thursday with a pork chop dinner at McKinley Park, followed by the first flights of balloons at 5 p.m. Friday night.

The first full day of events will be Sept. 18, with food stands, tethered balloon rides, a craft fair and a pet show. It caps off with night glow, where the flames from hot air balloons light up the twilight sky. Admission is free. Social distancing will be implemented and masks are recommended.

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