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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 07 2006 14:12 GMT bluesky
Oct 07 2006 15:11 GMT rohtas
OPPPS!!!! it looks like a bad landing... -:)
Oct 07 2006 16:38 GMT Lensvision
Great catch.
Oct 07 2006 17:06 GMT marijke06
oh my....PP be careful...:))
Oct 07 2006 21:20 GMT PhotoPro PRO
Mari - I got lucky with that landing! :^D