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Expectations Soar for Festival

Color The Skies Hot Air Balloons coming Labor Day weekend 2012


When an event fills the sky with hot air balloons seen for miles, it balloonsgets noticed. When that event occurs the same weekend each year for several years, it becomes familiar. And when the event gains a reputation for family-friendly fun, it draws more and more attendees annually.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, Sept. 1 and Sunday, Sept. 2  to attend the seventh annual Color The Skies Hot Air Balloon Festival coming Labor Day weekend to Mistlin Sports Park in Ripon, Calif.

Join the fun designed to benefit Children's Hospital Central California.
Events and activities scheduled 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. may include:

  • Hot Air Balloon Launch
  • Pancake Breakfast
  • Vendor Booths
  • 1-Mile Run, 5k Run and Kids’ Fun Run
  • Patriots Jet Team
  • Bay Area Skydiving
  • Air George Helicopter
  • Chuggabug Train
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Kaleidoscopes
  • BBQ Lunch
  • Youth Entertainment (Clowns and more)
  • Potato Sack Race
  • Field Games
  • Kite Show
  • Bowl Races
  • JROTC of Ripon High Activity Van
  • Bungee Jumps and Bounce Houses
  • Tethered Balloon Rides
  • Hot Air Balloon Wheel
  • Jr. Jet Ride

Register for Rise. Shine. Give. Run. held Saturday only.
Net proceeds from the 1-Mile Run, 5k Run and Kids’ Fun Run will benefit Children's Hospital Central California. This year’s event will also feature a blood drive Saturday.

Reasons to Participate
1. Cost-Effective Way to Raise Funds
“Color The Skies is a free event,” said Jessica Coleman, Color The Skies founder and president. “And everything you do spend your money on goes directly to Children's Hospital. People give when they know the mission of the organization and when they know how much of what they give is going toward it.”

2. Targeted Way to Increase Awareness
“This is about raising awareness,” said Coleman. “We’re not just concerned about the fundraising. We want families to know the facility is there for them in a time of need.” Children's Hospital Central California treats more inpatient cases than any pediatric hospital north of San Diego. Coleman wants families to know they do not need to travel to major metropolitan areas to receive high-quality, comprehensive pediatric healthcare.

3. Entertaining Way to Involve Community
“People always get a smile on their face when they talk about the festival,” said Coleman. “It’s taught us what community is.” Color The Skies brings together sponsors, vendors, volunteers and members of the community for two days of pure entertainment.

The event’s positive image, community involvement, and association with a respected pediatric medical center make Color The Skies the perfect giving opportunity for businesses located in and around Modesto. Sponsors and volunteers are still needed for this year’s festival.

Color The Skies 2012 vendors include:

  • Olde Towne
  • Sissy's Consessions
  • Scentsy
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Cumulus Media
  • Prime Shine Express Carwash
  • Nasco Sky's The Limit Arts & Crafts Zone
  • Color The Skies Concessions Booth
  • Monterey Water Company
  • Delta Blood Bank
  • Book Shack
  • Kids Store
  • Color The Skies Merchandise Booth

Admission is free. Purchase tickets in advance for food and fun activities.
Tickets are available for online purchase until Aug. 31, 2012 at 5 p.m.

Join the 2012 Color The Skies Ambassador, Bella Gardette balloonsof Riverbank, who will arrive before sunrise to participate in the launch. Bella was referred to Children's Hospital Central California by Dr. Kathryn Bolton of Valley Oak Pediatric Associates in Modesto. Dr. Bolton’s expertise as Bella’s primary care provider and the advanced care provided by the pediatric specialists at Children’s led to a successful treatment plan for the 9-year-old affected by a rare chromosomal deletion.

We hope to see you there!