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Havasu residents tasked with creating new hot air balloon

21/10/2013 Jo Bailey Balloon Ride Innovation

A Havasu businessman has challenged local people to have a go at designing a new hot air balloon.

Once all the designs are in, the winning envelope will be produced by Cameron Balloons, which is known across the world for its creative hot air balloon designs.
The craft will then make its public debut at Havasu’s very own festival, which takes place between 17th – 19th January 2014.

Dean Baker, who owns the local Lake Havasu City Properties business, said of his challenge to the community:

“I want the people in town to say they were part of it, so that it’s recognizable. I want them involved.”

The challenge to come up with a hot air balloon design centres on creating a new colour scheme that will show off the logo of Baker’s company.

The business owner has invited residents of all ages to get involved in the creative process and he, along with a team of his colleagues, will eventually pick out the three best child designs and their three favourites submitted by adults.

All six finalists will be treated to hot air balloon rides when the festival takes place early next year.

The competition was prompted by the sale of Baker’s hot air balloon, which was used to publicise Lake Havasu City Properties. According to Baker, the decision to get rid of his balloon made both employees and the locals sad, so he commissioned this new design as a replacement.

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