Pilot Kiman Kingsley of Miller, Mo., was one of the first to get up in the air at the Balloons and Bluegrass Festival in Artesia, Saturday. Chaunte’l Powell Photo
Clear afternoons skies and favorable wind conditions salvaged the balloon portion of the Balloons and Bluegrass Festival in Artesia, Saturday.
The original launch was scheduled for about 7 a.m., but winds were blowing between 18-21 mph, which is much higher than the 5-10 mph balloonists are recommended to fly in.
In downtown Artesia, the bluegrass portion of the festival went off without a hitch. Vendors sold paintings, jewelry, pillows, and of course food, while bands performed for bluegrass lovers from various parts of southeastern New Mexico. The event attracted Roswell resident Bobby Graves, who said he enjoyed the spiritual element found in The Triple L Band’s performance. The Login to read more