July 16, 2018

The Riverton Rendezvous celebrates 38 years this July. Watch the hot air balloons take off from the CWC soccer fields around 6 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday July 20 and 21.   The action happens quickly so get there early. Walk around and see the action up close or bring a lawn chair or blanket. With names like Purple Haze, Cotton Candy and Diamond Eyez you can imagine the dizzying display of colors. And the pilots come from all over  – Texas, New Mexico, Kentucky, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming and Canada.

Riverton Rendezvous Balloon Rally. Photo: Jennie Hutchinson
Riverton Rendezvous Balloon Rally. Photo: Jennie Hutchinson

Didn’t have time for breakfast? Eat pancakes at the Kiwanis Family Breakfast right near the launch field beginning at 6 a.m. Tethered balloon rides begin at 7 am and are free.

Action packed Weekend

There’s plenty to do all weekend and the action starts off Friday night with the Rocky Mountain Car & Bike Friday Night Cruise. The parade begins at 6 pm in the CWC parking lot and ends in downtown Riverton for an epic street party with food and vendors.

Saturday after the balloon rally head to CWC Launch Field for the Annual Rocky Mountain Car & Bike Show from 10-4 pm.

Riverton Rendezvous Friday Night Cruise. Photo: Jennie Hutchinson
Riverton Rendezvous Friday Night Cruise. Photo: Jennie Hutchinson

Make your way to the Wind River Heritage Center at 1075 S. Federal for activities and tours from 11-4 pm.

Finish the evening with the Balloon Glow at the CWC soccer launch field at 8:30 pm and fireworks at Airport Hill at 10 pm.

Riverton Rendezvous is an action-packed weekend. Load up your family and take in the fun. Bring your lawn chair, camera and sunscreen.

Schedule

Friday, July 
Friday Night Cruise 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Parade starts at CWC Launch Field at 6 p.m.

Saturday, July 21
Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast 6 a.m. CWC Launch Field
Balloon Launch 6 a.m. CWC Launch Field
Tethered Balloon Rides 7 a.m. CWC Launch Field
Car and Bike Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. CWC South Lawn
Wind River Heritage Center Activities 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 1075 S. Federal Blvd
Balloon Glow 8:30 p.m. CWC Launch Field
Rendezvous Fireworks 10 p.m. Airport Hill

Sunday, July 22
Balloon Launch 6 a.m. CWC Launch Field
Tethered Balloon Rides 7 a.m. CWC Launch Field

www.rivertonrendezvous.com 307-856-4801

How it All Started

Riverton Rendezvous began in 1981 when the community was looking for a special event to commemorate its 75th

Riverton Rendezvous Friday Night Cruise. Photo: Jennie Hutchinson
Riverton Rendezvous Friday Night Cruise. Photo: Jennie Hutchinson

anniversary. Bob Peck, publisher of the Riverton Ranger at that time, asked his son, George for ideas and he suggested a balloon rally. The Riverton Rendezvous was born.

Other events were scheduled and soon there was Day in the Park, Rail to Trails Music on the River Walk, Rocky Mountain Rebels Car & Bike show and the Red Neck BBQ.

Some famous people have graced the rally with their presence including Maxie Anderson who was the first balloonist to cross the Atlantic Ocean and the first to attempt an around the world flight. Malcom Forbes brought his ‘Chateau de Balleroy”, a replica of the French Museum in France. This rally continues to be a favorite of hot air balloon pilots because of our stellar weather and the people of Riverton who welcome the pilots each year.

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