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Up, up & away: Pittsfield hosts annual hot air balloon rally

  • Polar Dawn in the process of being put away after a tethered flight at Drake Field in Pittsfield on Thursday, August 2, 2018. Maddie Vanderpool—Concord Monitor

  • Polar Dawn flown tethered by Rick Jones at Drake Field in Pittsfield on Thursday, August 2, 2018, give a ride to Annelissa Marcotte.  Maddie Vanderpool—Concord Monitor

  • Two Balloons, Polar Dawn, manned by Rick Jones and Heaven Sent, manned by Mike Olin, flew tethered at Drake Field in Pittsfield on Thursday, August 2, 2018. Maddie Vanderpool—Concord Monitor

  • Two Balloons, Polar Dawn and Heaven Sent, flew tethered at Drake Field in Pittsfield on Thursday, August 2, 2018. Maddie Vanderpool—Concord Monitor

  • Heaven Sent, manned by Mike Olin flew tethered do to high winds and fog at Drake Field in Pittsfield on Thursday, August 2, 2018. Maddie Vanderpool—Concord Monitor

  • Two Balloons, Polar Dawn and Heaven Sent, flew tethered at Drake Field in Pittsfield on Thursday, August 2, 2018. Maddie Vanderpool—Concord Monitor

  • Heaven Sent, owned and flown by Mike Olin flew tethered at Drake Field in Pittsfield on Thursday, August 2, 2018. Maddie Vanderpool—Concord Monitor

  • Mike Olin’s Balloon, Heaven Sent, flew tethered at Drake Field in Pittsfield on Thursday, August 2, 2018, with Allie Colby and Christopher Marcotte as passengers.  Maddie Vanderpool—Concord Monitor

  • Mike Olin’s Balloon, Heaven Sent, flew tethered at Drake Field in Pittsfield on Thursday, August 2, 2018. Maddie Vanderpool—Concord Monitor

  • Polar Dawn, Rick Jones’ balloon is inflated for a tethered flight at Drake Field in Pittsfield on Thursday, August 2, 2018. Maddie Vanderpool—Concord Monitor

  • Two Balloons, Polar Dawn and Heaven Sent, flew tethered at Drake Feild in Pittsfield of Thursday, August 2, 2018. Maddie Vanderpool—Concord Monitor

  • Hot air balloons are seen at Drake Field in Pittsfield. Maddie Vanderpool / Monitor staff



Monitor staff
Thursday, August 02, 2018

About 15 brightly colored balloons are scheduled to fill the skies above Pittsfield during a hot air balloon rally this weekend. It will be the Suncook Valley Rotary Club’s 37th annual event.

As always, balloon flights are weather-permitting, but pilots will be meeting at Drake Field to check weather conditions on Friday at 5:30 p.m., Saturday at 5:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5:30 a.m. According to the event’s Facebook page “launch status will be updated right here on this Facebook page as soon as we know ... which will likely only be a few minutes before they start inflating.” Night glows are also scheduled for after sunset on Friday and Saturday with fireworks wrapping up the day on Saturday.

This year’s highlights include a Pandy, a panda-shaped balloon that will be on display throughout the event; a walk-through balloon, tethered balloon rides; and helicopter rides.

More information can be found at suncookvalleyrotary.org and facebook.com/PittsfieldRotaryBalloonRally.