Blue Star Gas and Wine Country Balloons raise awareness about affordable, American-made clean fuel
SANTA ROSA, Calif. — September 5, 2012 – Propane is so clean, we grill on it; it’s so reliable, we heat our water and homes with it; and it’s so environmentally friendly and affordable that thousands of U.S. vehicle fleets are switching to it. In fact, this American-made clean fuel is so versatile, you can even fly with it.
Blue Star Gas has partnered with Wine Country Balloons to launch the largest hot air balloon in Sonoma County. Headquartered in Santa Rosa, Blue Star Gas is a propane distributor serving 13 different markets in California, Oregon and Washington. Wine Country Balloons, a Blue Star Gas customer since the 1980’s with 35 years experience operating commercial hot air balloons, offers “a nature walk in the sky” over Napa, Sonoma and Lake Counties, as well as the Russian River and the Wine Country.
“Propane has fueled modern hot air balloons for the last 50 years, and we’re proud to continue such a celebrated pastime with this beautiful new balloon,” says Blue Star Gas President Jeff Stewart, whose family has owned the company for three generations. “For decades, Blue Star Gas has supplied clean, reliable propane to area residents and businesses alike — it’s the same efficient energy that now fuels the Blue Star Gas balloon and, incidentally, also an EPA-certified, clean-burning alternative motor fuel.”
“We’ve relied on Blue Star Gas for years to power our balloons,” says Captain Scott van der Horst, owner of Wine Country Balloons, “so we’re pleased to work with them on such a massive balloon. Most people don’t realize the fuel you use for so many domestic purposes also flies hot air balloons across the skies of California’s wine country and around the world.”
“This is a wonderful opportunity to bring our extensive balloon sponsorship program home to Sonoma County,” says Stewart. “We have been involved in five annual balloon festivals in two states each year. Now, Wine Country Balloons will fly us there.”
The immense Blue Star Gas hot air balloon (the largest one in Sonoma County, carrying as many as 20 passengers) is currently taking reservations for flights over Sonoma and Lake Counties. Anyone can contact them at (707) 538-7359 or WineCountryBalloons.com for scheduling and pricing information.
About Blue Star Gas
Blue Star Gas is a full-service propane distribution company committed to delivering the highest level of customer care across 75,000 square miles and 13 unique Washington, Oregon and California markets. With 75 years in the propane industry, Blue Star Gas is a third-generation family-owned company that now brings the advantages of the Alliance AutoGas complete program for fleets to the West Coast. Through developing technologies and improved practices, Blue Star Gas is transforming the industry standard for customer service. Visit www.bluestargas.com for more information.