Sci-Port and Red River Balloon Rally to Offer Balloon Experiences
Balloon workshops and competitions take flight at Sci-Port this summer
Published Thursday, May 12, 2016 6:00 am
by Tara Burton, (318) 424-8678

Sci-Port and Red River Balloon Rally will offer balloon workshops during May and balloon competitions in June, culminating in the Red River Balloon Rally’s Jr. Balloon Building Championships in July.

Guests can attend balloon building workshops Saturdays in May at 1 p.m. at Sci-Port. Led by a balloonist, guests will construct a working, four-to-five-feet-tall hot air balloon. The workshop is free with Sci-Port admission.

Guests can compete in balloon building competitions on Saturdays in June at 9 a.m. at Sci-Port. Both guests who have previously built balloons at the workshops in May and guests who build balloons at the competitions in June can compete. Balloons will be judged on design, creativity and their ability to fly. Three overall winners for the entire month will be selected from each age division: elementary school, middle school and high school. Entries are $25 per balloon, and guests can enter as many times as they’d like. For a full list of rules, visit  .

Winners will qualify for the final competition at the Red River Balloon Rally Friday, July 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. at LSUS. One winner from each age group will be crowned champions. Winners of the Red River Balloon Rally competition will receive a hot air balloon ride with the chase crew, a championship shirt and a medal. The festival, held July 13-20, includes national balloon competitions and musical guests. For more information on the festival, visit

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Sci-Port Discovery Center
820 Clyde Fant Parkway
Shreveport, Louisiana 71101


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