Autumn Aloft, a Park City hot-air balloon festival that has not occurred since the mid-1990s, will float back into the city in September.

The organizers on Wednesday indicated the event is scheduled on Sept. 20 and Sept. 21 with a community outreach day set on Sept. 19.

According to a release, the main launch of balloons will occur between 7 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 20 and Sept. 21, a Saturday and Sunday. The main launches are scheduled at the North 40 fields, which are located off S.R. 248 close to the Park City School District campus. The release indicates Autumn Aloft will involve 15 invited balloonists.

On Sept. 20, an event called the Historic Park City Balloon Glow is planned from 8 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. The balloon glow is planned on and close to Swede Alley.

"Park City begins to slow down just a bit, and the fall foliage is spectacular. Longtime Park City residents remember the original Autumn Aloft fondly and often question why Park City does not have a balloon festival. We felt it was time to bring back Autumn Aloft for the new generation of Park City residents and visitors," Monty Coates, the event organizer, said in a prepared statement.

Autumn Aloft last occurred in 1993 or 1994, the organizers of this year's event said.



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