9th annual Balloons Aloft takes to the skies

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The ninth annual Balloons Aloft event will kick off Friday in Angola. The two-day event has free admission and free parking.

The annual spectacle has grown over the years. The first year, they only had 13 balloons. This year, at least 34 balloon pilots are scheduled to participate. Some are coming from as far away as California.

The event moved to Angola High school two years ago. In past years, Balloons Aloft has been known to draw nearly 20,000 people.

Balloons Aloft will not only feature hot-air balloons, visitors will experience remote-controlled aerial displays, helicopter rides, and a classic car and tractor show. Food and retail vendors will be on hand and there will be plenty of kids activities.

Balloons Aloft organizers regularly monitor the weather to make sure conditions are safe for flights.

Schedule (weather permitting):

Friday, July 6
            7 a.m.                     Media Flight
            4 p.m.-9 p.m.          Kid’s Fun Zone, Food & Retail Vendors
            6 p.m.                     Opening Ceremonies
            7 p.m.                      Mass Balloon Launch
                                             Tether & Paid Balloon Rides       
            8p.m. – 10:30 p.m.    Music  “Retro Radio”
            Twilight                      Hot Air Balloon Illumination
 
Saturday, July 7
                  7 a.m.                Balloon Competition & Paid Balloon Rides
       7 a.m. – 10 a.m.            Pancake & Sausage Breakfast (open to public  – Angola Band Boosters)
       9:30 -10:30 a.m.           Remote Control Air Show
     10 a.m. – 6 p.m.              Helicopter Rides
     11 a.m. – 4 p.m.               Classic Cars/Antique Tractors
     11 a.m. – 9 p.m.               Food & Retail Vendors
       Noon – 9 p.m.                Kid’s Fun Zone
       2 p.m.                             Parkview Samaritan Helicopter
       2 p.m. – 4 p.m.               Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Rehab Demo
       3 p.m. – 5 p.m.               Science Central Experiments and Demo
       3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.     Meet the Balloon Pilots
       3:30 – 5:30 p.m.             Paw Patrol Characters, Face Painting, Coloring Contest
        7 p.m.                            Hot Air Balloon Competition
                                              Tether & Paid Balloon Rides
       `8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.        Music  “Retro Radio” 
        Twilight                           Hot Air Balloon Illumination
 

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