June 2, 2016, Helen will host the 43rd Annual Helen to the Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race. The race will begin at 7 a.m. (weather permitting). While the race to the Atlantic proceeds, other balloonist will compete in local events beginning Thursday evening around 6:00 pm. Local flying events will take place on Friday and Saturday. There will be many opportunities available to the public - assisting with the inflations, being a part of a chase crew, taking a tethered ride in a balloon or a champagne flight over the mountains. For more information, contact the Helendorf Inn at 706-878-2271.