Hot Air Balloon Classic

Hot Air Balloon Classic

Early August
The National Balloon Classic takes place over about a week in early August from a launch field just outside Indianola, Iowa. When the event was first held in 1970, only 11 balloonists participated, but in 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 his or her 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.
CONTACTS:
Hot Air Balloon Classic
P.O. Box 346
Indianola, IA 50125
800-359-4692 or 515-961-8415
www.nationalballoonclassic.com
SOURCES:
GdUSFest-1984, p. 58
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