Balloons lift off in honor of Great Balloon Race

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by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 27, 2013 at 8:34 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – 27 balloons in their colorful delight graced the gloomy skies of Louisville during the 41st annual Great Balloon Race.

The balloons took off from Bowman Field Saturday morning with hundreds watching them float through the air and race to the finish line.

The French Lick Resort Balloon took first place, followed by Curves International and Shane Company.

Mike Ehrler, pilot of Mike’s Udder Delight, was recognized for his commitment to safety.

The 89-year-old has participated in the Great Balloon Race for the past 40 years. He’s the Commonwealth’s first hot air balloon pilot.
 

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