Balloon Festival—October 25-27, 2013
On a gloriously sunny, calm Fall weekend, a mass balloon ascent was held in Las Vegas to raise funds for first responders. Since it was only about five miles from my home, I drove down there on all three mornings to take advantage of the warm light.
Fifteen balloons and their crews came in from several surrounding states as well as Nevada. They offered paid rides for the people who wanted to go up for an hour in the sky above us. For the intrepid balloonists, the lack of wind made recovery of the balloons and passengers quite easy, while the clear weather offered some beautiful scenery of our local mountains..
A small park with rides was set up outside one of our local hospitals, with a Ferris wheel and other exciting rides.. The children swarmed the rides, their entertainment made it possible because residents could access the event by highway from throughout the Vegas Valley.

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