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That’s a lot of hot air

May 6, 2012 • Local News


Hot air balloons begin to land in open areas near East Pine Lodge early Saturday morning during Old Timers Balloon Rally. Mark Wilson Photo

Roswell was literally taken to a higher level at the soccer field just west of the Wool Bowl, Saturday morning.

Despite their small numbers and humble beginnings, the Old Timers Balloon Club, a group of about 10 local hot air balloon enthusiasts, rallied 54 balloonists from around the world to participate in a colorful feat of aeronautical prowess during the 25th annual Old Timers Balloon Rally.

There was Flame On, a balloon sponsored by the Artesia Chamber of Commerce; Sky Pony, courtesy of Personal Excellence Martial Arts; Viento Encantado, Spanish for Enchanted Wind, sponsored by Tom and Sue Kelley; and Flame Buoyant II brought by Roswell Seed Co.

Then there were the even more creatively-named balloons, such as Pop-A-Top Again, sponsored by DH Underground; Black Magic Woman, sponsored by Doug Riddle; and Hot Stuff, perhaps a double entendre given the amount of heat it takes to lift a balloon, as well as the chile peppers that Login to read more

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