Among the group are many returning favorites that have become not
only a part of the fiber of the festival but members of our
community in their own special way.
Folks who attend the festival
this year can expect to see a great launch on Friday evening,
weather permitting. With all the balloons in the air, drifting
against what is hoped will be a clear blue sky, the sight should be
as awesome as it has been in past years.
After the launch, about half of the balloons will return to the
Logan County Airport and inflate for the magnificent night glow.
The glow of the balloons is a wonder in itself and a thrill to
young and old alike. As the announcer calls out to pilots, asking
all the lady pilots to glow, the local pilots to glow, then maybe
calling for a "wave," the audience won't be able to resist being
drawn into the spirit of the event.
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Among the many pilots attending this year, guests can expect to
see returning favorites like CaZooee, Good and Plenty, Knot a
Balloon and Mom's Toy.
And, there will be some old friends in new balloons. This year
Seth Goodman, Max Mitchell, Pat Brouillet, Dave Reineke and Scott
Wooge will be sporting new balloons.
LDN caught up with a few of these pilots this week, and they were
happy to spend a few minutes talking about their new balloons and
their love of flying. Be sure to check out all their stories in the
articles posted in today's edition.
And better yet, come out to the airport, where you can visit
directly with them during the glow times.
[By NILA SMITH]