Feb 26, 2014 8:24 PM by Joanna Wise

Cañon City hopes to boost economy with hot-air balloons

CAÑON CITY — Can a handful of hot-air balloons help boost a local economy? That's what Fremont County is hoping.

On Memorial Day weekend-- Cañon City will be hosting a balloon classic like the one in Colorado Springs.

Create Cañon City- a non-profit made up of local business people- hired the same company.

The three-day event will be at the Winery at the Holy Cross Abbey. There will be dozens of vendors, music and even skydivers.

"We're doing a balloon glow Saturday night," said George Daman, with Create Cañon City. "It will be held in the field, and in conjunction to that we will have folks lighting up the Abbey."

The event is free to the public. If this year's festival is a hit, Cañon City hopes to make it an annual event.



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