Today’s Holiday: National Balloon Classic

Today’s Holiday:
National Balloon Classic

The National Balloon Classic takes place from a launch field just outside Indianola, Iowa. When the event was first held in 1970, only 11 balloonists participated, but by 2001 there were close to 100 pilots and as many as 250,000 spectators. There are several flights or “tasks” involved in each race, designed to test the pilot’s skill in handling their balloon. New tasks are added regularly to make the sport more demanding. As a result of the races, Indianola has come to be known as the Balloon Capital of the nation. The city is also the home of the National Balloon Museum. More…:

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