SOURCE: Horseshoe Bay Resort

Horseshoe Bay Resort

February 28, 2013 10:00 ET

Horseshoe Bay Resort to Host Three-Day Hot Air Balloon Festival in April

HORSESHOE BAY, TX--(Marketwire - Feb 28, 2013) - The skies over Horseshoe Bay Resort will soon be filled with the majesty of nearly 20 colorful hot air balloons, including three whimsical "special shaped balloons": Humpty Dumpty, Buzzy the Bee and CoCo the Clown. The hot-air balloon pilots and their crew will be traveling to Horseshoe Bay from throughout the Midwest and Southwest for this fun-filled three-day event.

"We are excited about the balloons coming to Horseshoe Bay Resort," Chief Marketing Officer Bryan Woodward said. "The Hot Air balloon community and the pilots really got behind this project and I think families are truly going to enjoy what they see when they visit us festival weekend."

Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay begins Friday, Apr. 19 with a VIP Sponsor Kick-Off Party at 6 p.m. at the Resort Jet Center. The event is open to VIP Festival Package guests, event sponsors and Horseshoe Bay Resort Club members. The event will feature an opening ceremony, vendor arts and crafts fair, wine tasting from five of the Hill Country's most popular wineries, live music by Moodafaruka, authentic Texas barbeque, several balloon glows and tethered balloon rides.

Saturday, Apr. 20 will be a full day of festival fun at Horseshoe Bay Resort for resort guests and the public. Gates open at 5:30 a.m. for a sunrise balloon glow and balloon ascension, followed by a powered parachute performance and helicopter rides. Guests can bring the family pet to participate in the 10:30 a.m. Charity Dog Walk, which will benefit local animal shelters, including Heart of Texas Lab Rescue. Children can spend the afternoon at the Kids Festival featuring a "Transportation Throughout Time" exhibit from 1 - 4 p.m. at the Horseshoe Bay Resort Event Lawn.

Gates for the evening events on Saturday will open at 4 p.m. with wine tasting and a vendor arts and crafts fair. Powered parachutes will wow the crowd at 4:30 p.m. with accompanying live music. Professional skydivers will boldly leap from the hot air balloons at 6:30 p.m., followed by a stunning balloon glow finale with all 20 balloonists participating en masse. The night will continue with the sounds of Grammy-nominated band Sixpence None the Richer, led by Texas natives Matt Slocum (Dallas) and Leigh Nash (New Braunfels).

On Sunday, Apr. 21 the Resort Jet Center will be open to VIP Festival Package Guests and Club Members. The festival will conclude with a delicious brunch with live music by The Warrior Gospel Band, concluding Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay.

"You couldn't ask for a better venue," Horseshoe Bay Resort Marriott General Manager Mark Jeffrey said. "We have more than enough space in a beautiful location, and we are ready to welcome guests to celebrate our inaugural balloon festival."

To book your Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay Resort package, please call 877-258-4512 or visit www.hsbresort.com more information.

About Horseshoe Bay Resort
Horseshoe Bay Resort is Texas' original lakeside resort. Located in the picturesque Texas Hill Country, a short 45-minute trip from Austin, 90-minute trip from San Antonio and a few hours drive from Dallas and Houston, the 7,000-acre, AAA Four Diamond-rated resort sits along the shores of continual-level Lake LBJ. The 349-room resort is home to three championship Robert Trent Jones, Sr. golf courses, a newly opened Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, par 72 dwarf Bermuda grass putting course, The Waters 50-room condominium towers and a full-service marina. Horseshoe Bay recently opened Summit Rock, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course Community, while a private airport, 16 tennis courts, bike rentals, hiking trails, spa and fitness centers all add to the extraordinary experience of Horseshoe Bay Resort. For more information and reservations, visit www.hsbresort.com or call 877-611-0112.

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