Just want to celebrate?


Sequim Gazette staff

Tickets are now on sale for the Sequim Balloon Festival, which will take to the Sequim skies this Sept. 1-3.


Randall Tomaras, the impresario behind the festival, said excitement is building with the event’s website now receiving hundreds of visits every day.


The site also features the best deals on tickets, with the first thousand going for $19 each. When they’re gone the price will rise to $29.


Those in the military or veterans can enjoy an even better deal, with the first 500 tickets going for $15.


The tickets are good for all three days of the festival. One-day tickets are going for $19.


There’s more big news: the event kicks off with a concert Friday night, Aug. 31, featuring “Rare Earth,” the 1970s band that had a double-platinum hit with “Celebrate.” 


Tickets to the Rare Earth concert must be purchased separately. They’re going for $25, with special reserved seating for $40. See


Tomaras, who produces a torrent of innovative ideas, also is asking visitors to the website to cast a vote for the preferred wine label for a premium “Balloon Festival” wine produced by Sequim’s own Wind Rose Cellars.


Festival organizers also are lining up artists for the “Artists of Elegance” arts and crafts show that will be featured on the festival grounds. The juried show requires artists to provide arts and crafts that are original and aren’t commercial. The artist must be in attendance during the show.


The balloon glows, which will be held Saturday and Sunday nights, will be enhanced by the presence of a “football field-sized” reflecting pond that will be specially built for after-dark shows.


The children who attend will enjoy themselves at the “Kid’s Corral,” a stage for entertainers including clowns, balloon artists, magicians, song and dance acts and contests. And it’s all free.


Vendors complement the free offerings with pony rides, rock climbing and a host of additional activities.


The music line-up Saturday, Sunday and Monday includes 17 different acts, with all included in the entry fee. 


See for details and to register to win a free balloon ride or $250.


There also are numerous opportunities to volunteer time and talent. To lend a hand, call Tomaras at 461-2202 or e-mail to:

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