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The 37th annual Great Balloon Race (http://www.greatforestparkballoonrace.com ) is was held on Sat September 16, 2006. The balloons are all setup close together in a large field and then they started inflating slowly. The race is called a "tortoise and hare" race because a lead balloon takes off and lands at a distant area - the "tortoise". The other balloons take off one by one(the "hares") and find the lead balloon. Once they find the lead balloon they drop a sack of birdseed as close as possible to that balloon. The balloon that drops their sack of birdseed closest to the "tortoise" wins the race.

We started out with a demonstration of precision parachuting. After the last parachutist lands it is time for the race to begin.

This event took place in Forest Park (http://stlouis.missouri.org/citygov/parks/forestpark ) which is in the center of St Louis and is 40% bigger than Central Park in New York City.

This is the only balloon race that starts out inside a major metropolitan city in the United States. All of the other major balloon events take place just outside of the cities.
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Oct 08 2006 12:38 GMT Poulet PRO
Wow !!!!
Gorgeous shot, Bill !! :))
Oct 08 2006 12:40 GMT bennystr
Superb shot!
Oct 08 2006 12:43 GMT josephnoel
Exellent photos,great colours.
Oct 08 2006 12:45 GMT marijke06
great colorcontrast
Oct 08 2006 12:57 GMT fredaH
woooowwwwwwwwwwwww
superb shot!! awesome colours.
Oct 08 2006 13:10 GMT maiylah
wow!!!!
amazing series!!
love the colors!!
Oct 08 2006 13:19 GMT Mafernandes
great picture
Oct 08 2006 14:45 GMT SunnyRea
Gorgeous shot!
Oct 08 2006 15:09 GMT kosmos PRO
Great colors!
Oct 08 2006 15:37 GMT fotoloekb PRO
What a great shot of that colorfull balloon!
Oct 08 2006 16:02 GMT frommelxp
Briljant, very crisp.
Oct 08 2006 16:24 GMT korni
Gorgeous shot!!!!
Oct 08 2006 16:26 GMT Lensvision
This one is great!!!
Oct 08 2006 19:56 GMT Sterretje
wow,
absolutely fond of those bright colours ...
wonderful photo ! :o)
Oct 08 2006 19:58 GMT botticcelli
what a wonderful shot!!!!
Oct 08 2006 20:03 GMT Kriszti
find this one striking!
Oct 09 2006 11:57 GMT PhotoPro PRO
thank you Sterretje!
Oct 09 2006 12:22 GMT helton
;......VIBRANT COLORS......AMAZING BLUE SKY.......& A ELEGANT CAPTURE ...that bring us..the gladness of the life !!!!!!!...E X C E L L E N T . . . .AGAIN PHOTO PRO !!!!!!!!..........
Oct 09 2006 12:38 GMT SIGMUND
GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!

SIGMUND
Oct 09 2006 12:48 GMT SunnyRea
beautiful colors in the sky!
Oct 09 2006 12:49 GMT Levistrauss PRO
Beautful serie!

Belas photos!
Oct 09 2006 15:02 GMT Minz PRO
Colours are so vivid - wonderful photo!
Oct 09 2006 16:26 GMT Elise
I like the color and capture of this one......excellent!

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