Posted: Jul 27, 2012 3:01 PM by Angela Douglas - Q2 News
Updated: Jul 27, 2012 4:36 PM
BILLINGS - Whether you were on your way to work Friday morning at 7 a.m. or just waking up, Billings residents caught a glimpse of several hot air balloons soaring over the Magic City.
For the past 15 years, the Magic City Hot Air Balloon Rally has captured the attention of people of all ages as they watch the giant aircrafts float across the sky.
This year, nine balloons turned out for the annual event. Pilots from all over the country arrived in Billings Thursday to participate in the weekend event. One pilot even came from Alaska!
It's non-profit organization, geared towards simply maintaining the excitement of hot air ballooning.
"When the Big Sky Fest ended, we decided we wanted to keep balloons here and we've been going at it ever since," explained Magic City Hot Air Balloon President Dennis Waldron. "It's just a passion."
It takes quite a bit of skill and prep work getting a balloon ready for flight, plus some good judgement of the shifting winds and weather patterns.
There will be a 6 a.m. flight from Amend Park on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend, along with a Balloon Glow at Amend Park Saturday evening at dusk.
The public is encouraged to attend.
To find out what it's like to fly in a balloon, from set up to take down, be sure to watch the Q2 evening news on August 5 for the next 'Angela's Adventures.'