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