Volunteers are Ready as the Festival Gets Underway Today
An event originally started by the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce as the “Rancho California Balloon & Wine Festival,” the annual event is celebrating 35 years of branding the community for its hot air balloons, premium wines, and beautiful weather.
“We became a non-profit association in 1992, with the mission to enhance the charitable, cultural, educational and economic development of the region,” stated s spokesman for the Festival.
Enhancing the charitable and educational development of the area, the Festival engages local high school booster clubs and Junior Army Reserve Officer Training groups to assist in their parking lots and beautification committees. Eating the dirt of the parking lots and picking up trash are the least glamorous jobs volunteers work at the Festival. For their efforts,Murrieta Valley High School will received $10,000. Great Oak and other schools also volunteer. Dollars for Scholars received a donation of $1,000 for their organizations.
The Murrieta Mesa baseball team supports the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival. They provide trash and facilities clean up and the young men learn the value of volunteering and supporting their local community. The funds from the Festival help buy field maintenance materials (clay and soil), balls, umpire fees and coaches’ stipends. .
“The high school participants may differ from year to year, based upon their needs,” a spokesman for the Balloon and Wine Festival said. “Over the years we have made donations to Chaparral, Great Oak, Vista Murrieta, and Temecula Valley High School Programs.”
The Temecula Valley is home to many service families with Camp Pendleton nearby. For most of the Festival’s recent history, Marines have provided security at the Festival. Each year the Marine Corp Air Station ball fund receives a donation.
Press Release Provided by the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival