only 4 pics from this air show left to post.......
here's a break with color!!!
The 38th annual Great Balloon Race (second oldest in the US)(http://www.greatforestparkballoonrace.com ) 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 "hare and hound" race because a lead balloon(Energizer Bunny - get it, a "hare") takes off and lands at a distant area - the "hare". The other balloons take off one by one(the "hounds") and follow the lead balloon. Once they find the lead balloon landing site they drop a sack of birdseed as close as possible to that balloon. The balloon that drops their sack of birdseed closest to the "hare" 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 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 outside of the cities.
(constructive critique is welcome)
coming soon -
the St Louis Zoo
http://www.stlzoo.org/ and another - St Louis Air Show - from high up in the hills above the air field:
http://www.stlcofair.org/ and on Mon 09/03 we went to a small car show - that next
after that - Friday 09/14 - St Louis Balloon Glow
and - Saturday 0915 - Great St Louis Balloon Race