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Montgolfier Day 2021

November 20, 2021


  • CBA MONTGOLFIER DAY. You’re invited! SAVE THE DATE Nov 20!

Pilots, crew, and guests are invited to join the CBA on Saturday, November 20th for our annual Montgolfier Day flight, meeting, supper to be hosted at Cool Spring Center, home of Charles Page and Kristie Darling (399 W Page Hager Rd, Cleveland NC 27013…map at

Arrive by 2:30 if flying  After the flight, we will eat and make merry around the fire pit. CBA’s bringing the pizza and dessert—you bring coolers & lawn chairs—we will be outside.

Brief CBA annual meeting prior to supper to elect officers for 2022. Please renew your membership so you can vote to choose our 2022 leadership team and get your 2022 Safety Seminar member discount. You’ll get an email with nominee details the week prior.

To join or renew membership go to Carolinas Balloon Association – Hot Air Ballooning and click MEMBERSHIP at the top, scroll down, complete the form, submit. It will link you to PayPal. Your membership is effective thru 12/31/2022.

RSVPs are required, please, at your earliest convenience:

 #1 Please RSVP to Kevin Reavis, cell/text 336-260-2005, no later than 11/10/21.Tell her:

  1. Do you plan to fly Saturday PM for Montgolfier Day?
  2. How many crew/family will be with you for supper?



  • NEW THIS YEAR! NC Convention & Visitor Bureau Balloon Promotion

#2 If you want to book paid rides Saturday AM and/or PM, you can! You must RSVP Kristie Darling at, text 704-880-0203, if you want to book $300/pp paid passengers—AS SOON AS POSSIBLE—so she can arrange these flights. Passengers will be NC travel writers and photographers. You can book one or both flight times. PLEASE SEE EXPANDED DETAILS IF INTERESTED…QUESTIONS? CALL KRISTIE. THANK YOU!

In your text or email, please tell Kristie:

  1. Do you want to book one, two, or three, or more photographer or reporter passengers on SAT AM and/or PM? You would be paid $300/pp by Statesville Convention & Visitors Bureau…See details below.
  2. How many paid passengers (travel bloggers/photographers from NC) do you want to book per flight? What’s your weight limit?
  3. Could you stay for rain-date possibility on Sunday morning? If any pilot wants to stay over Friday or Saturday night, a reduced hotel rate is available—please let me know so we can give you details and arrange this for you.

The idea to piggy-back CBA’s Montgolfier Day, where we celebrate each other and our amazing sport, with these paid riders is because Statesville Convention & Visitors Bureau executive director, Cindy Sutton, who many of you know, has launched a marketing initiative to highlight the amazing and long history with ballooning in our local area and throughout NC. Cindy applied for and received a grant from the NC Convention & Visitor’s Bureau to fund a weekend promoting ballooning. She approached me to help, and since I knew about the plan for Montgolfier Day here, I suggested we put our resources together—her grant money, our famous pilots, spectacular balloons, and her invitation to NC and Southeastern travel promoters—and have one big balloon party…together. Our CBA launch becomes the perfect photoshoot opportunity for these passengers to write about…ANY DAY IS A GREAT DAY FOR BALLOONING…the marketing initiative tag line.


The Visitors Bureau itinerary for travel writers and photographers is:

Friday 11/19:

Southern Distilling: TASTE of Statesville; Press Conference and Reception


Saturday 11/20:  

  1. Up, Up & AWAY in Statesville…photoshoot and rides.

Balloons will launch from Fort Dobbs Saturday morning and from The Greater Cool Spring International Balloonport & Space Museum on Saturday afternoon; rain-date Sunday AM.

  1. Tour Fort Dobbs:  Lunch & Learn.
  2. Afternoon in Statesville:  Stay & Play Downtown.


Sunday 11/21:

Weather rain-date for hot air balloon rides Sunday morning.


Please, contact Kevin or Kristie with questions! This will be fun!!!

Kevin Reavis – cell/text 336-260-2005 or

Kristie Darling — cell/text 704-880-0203 or




November 20, 2021
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Coolsprings Center
399 W Page Hager Rd
Cleveland, NC 27013 United States
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