Mesquite Gaming Prepares for Lift Off January 24-26 with Mesquite Balloon Festival 2020

Hot Air Balloons will fill the skies of the Virgin River Valley throughout the family-friendly weekend 

Mesquite, Nev. (December 12, 2019) – The skies of Mesquite will be decorated by dozens of colorful hot air balloons from Friday, January 24 through Sunday, January 26 as Mesquite Gaming, owner of Casablanca Resort and Virgin River Hotel, hosts the ninth annual Hot Air Balloon Festival. 

“We’re excited for the return of the pilots and their hot air balloons,” said Christian Adderson, corporate sales manager at Mesquite Gaming. “The Mesquite Balloon Festival is a site the whole family can enjoy and one of the most memorable events in Mesquite each year.” 

Each day begins with balloon launches from the Oasis parking lot at 7:30am and wraps up with a 6:00pm night glow and candlestick show at the CasaBlanca Resort. In addition to the brilliant balloon activities, CasaBlanca Resort’s live entertainment for the weekend includes Soul Men starring Spectrum – A Tribute to Motown & More on Friday night and ABBA LA – celebrating the timeless music of ABBA on Saturday, following a complimentary champagne tasting in the Skydome Lounge for guests 21 and older. Sponsored by the Mesquite Resort Association, this fun-filled weekend of balloons and great entertainment is free and open to the public. 

Volunteers are essential to the successful operation of the morning launches, and shifts can be booked daily or for the whole weekend. To sign up, go to the event page at for volunteer online registration. Volunteers must wear jeans, closed-toe shoes and warm clothes, and will receive an event tee shirt, lapel pin, coffee and donuts. 

Volunteer duties each morning typically take two to three hours and may include the following: 

  • Assist pilot and crew to get the balloon and basket ready for launch 
  • Be a part of the chase crew after launch 
  • Assist pilot and crew to secure the balloon and pack up after landing 

Balloon launches and night glows are dependent on weather conditions each day, as the safety of the pilots, crew, volunteers and spectators are of high importance. 

To get more information on the Mesquite Balloon Festival visit or follow Mesquite Gaming on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. 

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