Eyes to the Skies

This was the 33rd year for the annual event, whose highlight has always been the spectacular assortment of balloons, on hand for launches twice a day, weather permitting, as well as an evening “glow” to light up the night skies.

The festival draws balloonists from all over the country, who delight in showing off their aircraft, which stretch from 6 to 10 stories high.

This year featured about 20 balloons, and though visitors are only allowed to take a tethered ride, the unique view of these hot-air giants is something to get fired up about.

“You can’t go almost anywhere and see hot air balloons up close and personal, and we feel this uniqueness has brought us a lot of notoriety. It’s awesome, the people all love it, the families love it, and I truly believe that family memories are being made out here that people are going to remember the rest of their lives,” said Mike Shuta, Chairman of Eyes to the Skies.

The three-day event, also featuring a carnival, concessions and concerts usually draws in over 150,000 people. Last year they raised $115,000 dollars for local charities.

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