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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.
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Oct 05 2006 04:10 GMT junsjazz
fantastic sequence of images!!!!!!!
Oct 05 2006 04:55 GMT jamby PRO
aaaaawwwwweee...this is COOL!!!!!
Oct 05 2006 06:52 GMT Elise
wooooo hooooooo I'm flyingggggggggggggg!! :)))))

great catch!!
Oct 05 2006 11:39 GMT junne PRO
by now you must have a stiff neck! :-)))
Oct 05 2006 14:48 GMT PhotoPro PRO
junne I now am getting physical therapy for my neck..... strangely I wasn't bothered by pain at all during this or the Balloon Glow.
Oct 06 2006 00:05 GMT PhotoPro PRO
thank you ju!
Oct 06 2006 12:50 GMT StavrosMoforis
Love this one, too!
Lucky you, this show must have been a heck of a fun!!!
Oct 06 2006 16:52 GMT soldier
Amazing pic!
Oct 06 2006 20:14 GMT PhotoPro PRO
it was great fun Stavros!

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