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|Conditions Limit Galesburg Balloon Races
|UPDATED: 7/25/09 6:20am After a year hiatus, area residents and balloon pilots will have to wait until Saturday evening for a liftoff.
The breezy conditions at Lake Storey Friday night and the threat of severe weather in neighboring counties, had balloonists stuck on the ground for The Great Galesburg Balloon Race and the evenings nite glow. Weather most likey was the main factor in the cancellation of Saturday morning's flight.
Those who showed up to the race Friday night still took advantage of the grilled food available, as well as face painting and a balloon release for the kids.
Pilots of balloons said the conditions were just a little too windy to hold their competition, but they were hopeful the rest of the weekend races won't be grounded as the weather was sure to improve.
They expect to try for their first lift off of the weekend tonight at six, and one more time at 6am Sunday.
Saturday's events feature the launches, an arts and crafts show and more activities for the kids and a night glow.
Sunday will have a 5k run/walk.
For more details on the events, check out the fairs and festivals page at WGIL.com.
(Families enjoy the evening out at Lake Storey Park waiting for the hot air balloons to take off at The Galesburg Balloon Race)
(A child enjoy's having his face painted at The Galesburg Balloon Race Friday at Lake Storey)
(Balloonists wait and see if they would lift off Friday evening at Lake Storey. The threat of severe weather cancelled the race Friday night and Saturday morning.)
(Kids watch their balloons fly away during a children's balloons release out at Lake Storey Friday night.)
(Children get the chance to walk through the inside of a hot air balloon during The Galesburg Balloon Race Friday night at Lake Storey.)
(Photos and Story by WGIL's Dominic Fortini)
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