The Thursday evening
flights launch from various locations in the city so that the
balloons will navigate a course to fly near or over the all-free
community event hosted by Maple Ridge, which is located at the north
end of Kickapoo Street.
The excitement builds
as it comes closer to the time to see balloons floating over. When
they begin, they come in a flurry. Young and old alike watch in
amazement while large, beautiful balloons splash the sky with
Even though a heat
advisory was issued for the day, through 10 p.m., that didn't dampen
crowd attendance. Maple Ridge employees said they estimated 400-500
people came out to eat, socialize and enjoy the fun.
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O'Laughlin came out to enjoy the event with his daughter,
Cheryl Roach, and her daughter, Julie Sanders. A Lincolnite,
O'Laughlin and his wife served as the first pastors for the Full
Gospel Tabernacle church on Monroe Street. He has also served as a
missionary abroad in the Pentecostal church.
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