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Indiana State Fair Balloon Race


This past Friday was the Indiana State Fair Balloon Race. They have actually dropped the race portion of the event. The pilots’ briefing and roll call was held at 6:00 AM. The weather was great! A light breeze from the south was perfect for this venue. At 6:30 AM, the balloons were inflated. Channels 8, 13 & Fox 59 were on hand, as well one helicopter filming from above. A good crowd was on hand for this opening event of the Indiana State Fair.


Our VIP guest flying with us this morning was from the Indianapolis Star. We flew north from the Fairgrounds and landed in a large park. All of the neighbors came out to see the balloon.


Jasper Strassenfest Balloon Race

We drove from the Indiana State Fair Balloon Race this past Friday to attend the Jasper Strassenfest Balloon Race in Jasper, IN, home of Jasper Engines and Transmissions.


The pilots’ briefing was held at 7:00 PM. The weather was perfect. A good crowd was on hand to see the 14-balloon launch.


John and Joyce Kaltenbacher (Joyce is a Jasper Engines and Transmissions Assoicate) were our VIP guests and flew with me that evening. It was to be a hare and hound race, but with the winds so light, the “X” was placed on the field. We flew up and over the Jasper Engines and Transmissions corporate headquarters and “inspected the roof”. (Looks good guys!) We landed in the front yard of the Holiday Inn Express.


Our next event will be the Indiana Balloon Fest on September 12th -14th.


Warren D Smith



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