Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off introduces new events to combat rising costs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – This year, the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off will be held at Memorial Park from Saturday, September 3rd through Monday, September 5th with brand new events.

An event called “Balloons, Bites and Brews” will be held on the field at Memorial Park on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. From 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. there are discounted goods from dealers and a beer garden. A 5K run will also be offered on Sunday 4th September and registration for this event is now open. Finally, the event now features an exclusive opportunity called The Lift Off Lounge. This offers the public the opportunity to purchase a $115 ticket that grants them access to the sponsors’ tent and includes food, beverages and VIP parking.

Labor Day Lift Off is an event that is free to the public, but is becoming more difficult to sustain as costs mount.

“It’s one of the very few balloon events destined for the United States, if not the world. And it’s been very well supported by the City of Colorado Springs and our committee, but the increasing cost to everyone and everyone’s daily lives is taking its toll on the event,” said Scott Appelman, executive partner of Hot Apple Productions. “You know, there’s a lot to do, of course we have to house the 75 balloons that are going to be here, so we have propane, hotels, hospitality, pilot packages to get everyone here.”

Appelman cites these rising costs as the main reason for the new events this year.

“We are looking to add more products that will help increase revenue for the event to sustain this event over the long term so we can ensure it stays the way it has been for the last 46 years,” says Appelmann.

Labor Day Lift Off also sees the return of some favorites in balloon form, as Yoda and Darth Vader are set to take to the skies again this year. New balloon shapes are also introduced, including a pig named “Crispy Bacon”.

This year’s Labor Day Lift Off in Colorado Springs is expected to have an estimated $9.4 million impact on the local economy in 2022. That’s an estimated $2.5 million more than 2019 — the best year for the Labor Day Lift Off.

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