The Ascension Festivals and Cultural Council is pleased to announce their event schedule for the upcoming 2013 Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival held from Friday, Sept. 27 until Sunday, Sept. 29. For more information on the Championship races and Festival, visit www.ascensionballooning.com.

Friday, Sept. 27: Morning Session

6 a.m.

Lamar Dixon Expo Center Gates Open (Admission $2.00 per person)6:30 a.m.

Pilot Briefing - Lamar-Dixon - Pilot Tent6:55 a.m.

Sunrise7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

First Competition Flight - Lamar Dixon Field (Fly In or Fly Out)7 a.m. – 12 noon.

Children's Inflatables Area (42" & Below) ($10.00 per person)Adventure Zone ($25.00 per person or $5.00 per ticket)7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Special Shape Balloons Inflation - Lamar Dixon FieldHot Air Balloon Tethered Rides - Lamar Dixon Field ($20.00 per person)12 noon

Lamar Dixon Expo Center Gates ClosedFriday, Sept. 27: Afternoon Session

2:30 p.m.

Lamar Dixon Expo Center Gates Open (Admission $2.00 per person)3 – 7 p.m.

Hot Air Balloon Tethered Rides - Lamar Dixon Field ($20.00 per person)3 – 9 p.m.

Children's Inflatables Area (42" & Below) ($10.00 per person)Adventure Zone ($25.00 per person or $5.00 per ticket)4:30 p.m.

Pilot Briefing5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Second Competition Flight - Lamar Dixon Field (Fly In or Fly Out)6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Special Shaped Balloons Inflation and Glow - Lamar-Dixon Field6:54 p.m.

Sunset7:15 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Hot Air Balloon Glow – Lamar Dixon Field8:30 p.m.

Fireworks – Lamar Dixon Field9 p.m.

Event closedSaturday, Sept. 28: Morning Session

6 a.m.

Lamar Dixon Expo Center Gates Open (Admission $2.00 per person)6:30 a.m.

Pilot Briefing - Lamar-Dixon - Pilot Tent6:56 a.m.

Sunrise7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Third Competition Flight - Lamar Dixon Field (Fly In or Fly Out)7 a.m. – 12 noon

Children's Inflatables Area (42" & Below) ($10.00 per person)Adventure Zone ($25.00 per person or $5.00 per ticket)7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Special Shape Balloons Inflation - Lamar Dixon FieldHot Air Balloon Tethered Rides - Lamar Dixon Field ($20.00 per person)8:30 a.m. – 12 noon

Powered Parachute Flyover and Display12 noon

Lamar Dixon Expo Center Gates ClosedSaturday, Sept. 28: Afternoon Session

2:30 p.m.

Lamar Dixon Expo Center Gates Open (Admission $2.00 per person)3 – 7 p.m.

Hot Air Balloon Tethered Rides - Lamar Dixon Field ($20.00 per person)3 – 9 p.m.

Children's Inflatables Area (42" & Below) ($10.00 per person)Adventure Zone ($25.00 per person or $5.00 per ticket)4:30 p.m.

Pilot Briefing5 – 6:30 p.m.

Fourth Competition Flight - Lamar Dixon Field (Fly In or Fly Out)6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Special Shaped Balloons Inflation and Glow - Lamar-Dixon Field6:52 p.m.

Sunset7:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Hot Air Balloon Glow – Lamar Dixon Field8:30 p.m.

Fireworks – Lamar Dixon Field9 p.m.

Event closedSunday, Sept. 29: Morning Session

6 a.m.

Lamar Dixon Expo Center Gates Open (Admission $2.00 per person)6:30 a.m.

Pilot Briefing - Lamar-Dixon - Pilot Tent6:56 a.m.

Sunrise7 – 8:30 a.m.

Fifth Competition Flight - Lamar Dixon Field (Fly In or Fly Out)7 a.m. – 12 noon

Children's Inflatables Area (42" & Below) ($10.00 per person)Adventure Zone ($25.00 per person or $5.00 per ticket)7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Special Shape Balloons Inflation - Lamar Dixon FieldHot Air Balloon Tethered Rides - Lamar Dixon Field ($20.00 per person)12 noon

Lamar Dixon Expo Center Gates Closed