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The 8th annual Arizona Balloon Classic (ABC8), benefiting Valley of the Sun United Way (VSUW), returns to the Goodyear Ballpark, located at 1933 S. Ballpark Way in Goodyear, Ariz., Jan. 25-27, 2019.




The Arizona Balloon Classic is Arizona’s premier hot air balloon race and festival that attracts more than 20,000 attendees, 80 partners and vendors, and up to 40 hot air balloons each year. This year’s event will feature fun for the whole family including the Street FoodFest with more than 20 local food vendors, a beer garden, the QuikTrip Family Fun Zone, balloon glows and fireworks spectacular, two stages of entertainment with live music from Milo Matthews, stunt bike riders, cooking demonstrations, hot air balloon rides and more.




During the three-day event, Arizona Balloon Classic will include multiple “Hare and Hound” hot air balloon races. In these competitive events, the “Hare” balloon leaves first to place the “target” and the rest of the balloons – the “Hounds” – chase the “Hare” to the target. The “Hound” balloons are subjected to dropping markers onto a large target on the ground. The closer the marker is to the center of the target, the better chances of qualifying for the $2,500 cash prize presented on Sunday, Jan. 27.  




Event-goers will also be excited to see the evening “Glows” spectacular on Friday and Saturday nights.




A portion of ABC8’s ticket sales will go directly to VSUW programs to help eradicate hunger in Maricopa County. On Saturday, Jan. 26, VSUW will host a Weekend Hunger Backpack Assembly in support of its mission to break the cycle of poverty for Valley families.




For more details or to purchase tickets visit,, or contact Tim Matykiewicz, (480) 560-9095 or or Chris Antonious, (602) 748-4290 or




About Valley of the Sun United Way:


Since 1925, Valley of the Sun United Way has unified diverse partners, donors, business supporters, nonprofits, government and faith-based communities to build a stronger Valley for us all. United Way and its 90,000 donors, 400 business supporters and 5,000 volunteers fight to break the cycle of poverty by ensuring children and youth succeed, ending hunger and homelessness, and increasing the financial stability of families. Join the fight, visit


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