The National Balloon Classic launches in Indianola this weekend, continuing a five-decade tradition

In popular imagination — or at least in ads trying to exploit people‚Äôs imagination — hot air ballooning usually happens above the dramatic landscape of the American southwest or romantic vineyards, never over more prosaic locations like Kalamazoo, Michigan or […]

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Indianola, the hot air balloon heart of the U.S., hosts the nine-day National Balloon Classic

In 1970, after seven years of moving from state to state, the U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championship was held in Indianola, Iowa for the first time. Indianola’s wide open spaces made it desirable for ballooning, and the championship would […]

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