We would like to inform you, that World Hot Air Balloon Championship 2020 is postponed to septemeber 2022. Thus in a sporting spirit we would like to organise a smaller event – Slovenian Open Hot air Balloon Championship. The event will take place at airport Rakičan from 27th till 30th August 2020.
Prekmurje is hosting Slovenia’s biggest ballooning spectacle of the year, the World Hot Air Balloon Championship that will take place in Murska Sobota, with central happening conducted at Murska Sobota Airport and is scheduled for September 2022.
The main happening of competition will take place at Mansion Dvorec Rakičan and Murska Sobota Airport. We will welcome 104 ballooning teams from all over the world. The pilots are expected to perform several tasks that should give them plenty opportunity to showcase their knowledge and ballooning skills.
You will have the chance to witness two flights per day – the morning flights will take place after 6 am and the evening flights after 6 pm. The first competitive flight is scheduled for the morning of 21. September and you can catch the last one on the morning of 25. September.
Entry is free of charge, the viewing platform and visitors info pointwill be set up on the terrace of the airport restaurant.
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Program - Slovenian Open 2020
From 11:00 till 14:00 - Registration and Check In for competitors at Rakičan Airport.
Ceremony in village Ženavljah
At about 18:00 in front of the monument, we will pay a tribute to the landing of a gas balloon that landed in Ženavlje in 1934.
The first day of competition
First competition day - the first flight will take place in the evening at 18:00.
Filling of Gas balloons
In front of the Expano pavilion, gas balloons will be filled from 10:00 onwards.
Gas balloon takeoff ceremony
In front of the Expano pavilion, the takeoff ceremony will begin at 5 p.m.
Gas balloon take-off
For the first time in the history of Slovenia gas balloons will take off from the front of Expano pavilion in Murska Sobota. Presumably at 22:00 in the evening.
Third competition day
The competition flights will run at 6:00 in the morning and at 18:00 in the evening.
The last day of competition
The last morning flight of the competitors.
Closing event with the award ceremony and thus the official ending of the Slovenian Open hot air balloon championship Murska Sobota 2020.