About Balloon Waco!
Balloon Waco! is a family owned and operated company, and is the only commercial balloon ride operation in the Waco area.
Ron Frusher, owner and operator of the only commercial ride operation in the Waco, TX area─BalloonWaco!─has 27 years of experience and more than 1700 hours as a pilot, instructor, and safety officer. In 2007, he was ranked No. 1 in the country. He has won the Oklahoma State Championship and placed as high as 8th at the “big one”—the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. In 2007, he was one of a handful of pilots worldwide chosen to fly in the first balloon event held in Israel in more than 20 years.
From 1984 to 1995, Ron and his wife, Becky, owned and operated a large commercial balloon ride operation in Southern California, taking up hundreds of passengers a year. Including a few you might recognize…former White House Press Secretary Marlin Fitzwater, actors Karen Black and Andy Garcia, and Pink Floyd vocalist/guitarist David Gilmore.
Ron flew exclusive contracts with major resorts in the Palm Springs area, including The Ritz Carlton, the Westin Mission Hills Resort, and the Marriott Rancho Las Palmas. He’s also made balloon appearances in TV shows, movies and commercials.
From 2001-2011, Ron managed the Curves Hot Air Balloon Program & Tour and was its chief pilot, attending balloon events and festivals worldwide representing the largest women’s weight loss company in the world and its independently owned and operated franchises.
The Frusher kids are also involved, and crew whenever they can. Noah and Hayley have been around balloons since they were little. In fact, Hayley took her first ride before she was born (oops!) and was named for the balloon in which her parents met—Haley’s Comet!