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Poteau Balloonfest feature: Pilot Michael Scott Featured

Last modified on Friday, 05 October 2018 16:50
Written by  Friday, 05 October 2018 06:43
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Poteau Balloonfest 2018 is scheduled for October 19th and 20th with 10 Balloons planning to attend this year’s event.

Another one of the Pilots returning this year is Michael Scott- “Spirit’s Rainbow”, is a multi-colored sawtooth spiral, which was designed by Josie Scott and holds 77,000 cubic foot of air.

The envelope has two Breast Cancer Ribbons on it in memory of Michael’s mom.

Spirit’s Rainbow is piloted by 2nd generation pilot Michael Scott.


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He has been involved in ballooning for over 30 years, spending the last 27 years as a pilot.

Highlights of his flying career include over 1,850 hours as pilot in command, flights in 4 countries, 37 states, a long-distance balloon flight of 318 miles, and an ascent to 17,600 feet above the ground.

Michael has been one of Poteau Balloon Fest Media Pilots and a Balloon Glow Pilot 4 years.

The Balloonfest will start Friday, October 19, 2018 - gates opens at 11:00 am to the public and will close at 11:00 pm.



Saturday, October 20, 2018 - gates opens at 9:00 am and close at 11:00 pm.

Admission is required for ages 4 & over.


Gate admission is $5 per person.

Special Pre-Purchase Family Package for $20 which includes 5 armbands available. (Must be purchased before Friday, October 19th at 5pm.) To purchase armbands in advance, please call 918-647-9178.

When using Debit or Credit Card there will be an additional $1.00 service charge per transaction.

The Poteau Balloon Fest will again be held at the LeFlore County Fair Grounds, 5015 S. Broadway, Poteau, Oklahoma.

Please note that all balloon events are wind and weather permitting! Any and all balloon flights are most likely to occur between the hours of 7am to 10am and 4pm to 7pm. However, they are not guaranteed during these times. The atmospheric pressure and wind speed plays a huge factor in balloon activities. THE POTEAU BALLOONFEST CANNOT GUARANTEE BALLOON ACTIVITIES and CANNOT give specific times for balloon activities. This event is non-refundable.


The Poteau Balloonfest was named #3 in the top 40 things to do in Oklahoma in 2014 by OKIESCENTRIC magazine.

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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