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the inflation process - a different balloon

as they continued testing their readiness for flight - the crews were obviously in different stages of completion at any point in time.

The 37th annual Great Balloon Race (http://www.greatforestparkballoonrace.com ) is was held on Sat September 15, 2007. 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 the photographers being allowed on the launching field as the pilot and crew prepared the balloons for flight. It was great fun!!

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.

Have a great weekend!!!!

(constructive critique is welcome)

coming soon -
a small car show -
the St Louis Air Show - from high up in the hills above the air field:
Photos of the Chain of Rocks Bridge
A drive up the scenic Mississipi River with Fall colors
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Comments on this photo:

Nov 16 2007 23:33 GMT LisaSam67

cool pic - want some pie hehehehehehehehhehehehe
Nov 17 2007 00:00 GMT Studio88
Pepsi Colors - Great Shot!!!
Nov 17 2007 01:01 GMT Haw59 PRO
That was the first thing I thought, was Pepsi Balloon.
Nov 17 2007 06:17 GMT PhotoPro PRO
oooooooohhhhhhhh yes!!

I want pieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! :-))
Nov 17 2007 16:14 GMT iyerhari
Nov 19 2007 15:38 GMT Sweetoes PRO
Beautiful photo and it's MY pie. so there.
Nov 19 2007 16:32 GMT PhotoPro PRO
I WANT pie!!!! ...:-))
Nov 21 2007 14:56 GMT Sweetoes PRO
But it's MINE.