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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 09 2006 01:20 GMT ButterflyShutterfly
Wonderful lighting :) Beautiful balloon! You have done an excellent job on this series!
Oct 09 2006 02:23 GMT Poulet PRO
Love those colours !! :)))
Oct 09 2006 02:58 GMT mavik
So many lovely ballons! Have you tried riding in one?
Oct 09 2006 03:35 GMT Jabaloo
great shots, very nice!
Oct 09 2006 06:14 GMT Prikthai
Wunderful series again.
Oct 09 2006 08:11 GMT Satto
Great shot.....many lovely ballons.....:-)
Oct 09 2006 10:28 GMT Adamus
Oct 09 2006 12:00 GMT PhotoPro PRO
thank you Deb, I had a lot of fun shooting these!
Oct 09 2006 12:03 GMT PhotoPro PRO
Mavic I haven't been up in a balloon and am a little scared too, but I think I would love it!
Oct 09 2006 12:38 GMT SIGMUND

Oct 09 2006 13:55 GMT mavik
I heard that it's really scary especially since you are made to sign a waiver first before taking a ride. Looking at these pictures makes me remember the song "Up, Up and Away" though! :)
Oct 09 2006 13:58 GMT PhotoPro PRO
I love that song and I think about it when I see balloons too!
Oct 09 2006 15:03 GMT Minz PRO
Really great series.
Oct 11 2006 05:35 GMT mavik
It just shows how old we already are! The younger people are not familiar with this song anymore! LOL