addedcolor inJune, when the 19annual
Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival, spon-
Ohio in this year’s race were Bob Zanella
recorded his 3,000 hour of flight time and
Mike Emichwho makes his own experi-
tional titlesfor endurance flights.
delayed the launch for 1 hour 45 minutes.
window, the green flag was finally raised,
rewarding the patienceof both the balloon
teams and the spectators, with a spectacu-
fulweather for the onepartMJDG task.
with Jim Birk coming within a foot of the
centerof thetarget and several otherpilots
dropping their markers withinthe legs of
the X on their targets.Saturday evening’s
launchwascancelled due tohigh winds,
who volunteered for the Night Glow. The
balloons lit up the infield as they twinkled,
waved and put ona full glow to the spec-
madea little more challenging by uncoop-
erative windsatthe targetsites.Despite
goals.Upon returning, the teams, as well
as the observers, sponsors and staff mem-
Chuck Owens, Mike Emich, Alex Jonard,
David May and Fred Muffet.
So why would a pilot want to come to
with no prize money?The overwhelming
response of the pilots is “the people in this
vides local balloon sponsorship, balloon-
friendly landowners (there’s only one red
zone on the flight chart), local crew mem-
bers, and lots of enthusiasticsupport. The
with an opportunity to earn points toward
theNation al s.Butmos tofall ,the
Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival is all
their crewsandfamilies.The pilotsare
TheCoshocton Hot AirBalloon Race,
as it was originally known, began in 1981
balloon to their lumber company’s home
community, was smittenby the balloon-
ingbug, andthe rest ishistory.
In 1995 the name was changed to the
place between the early morning and early
evening balloon launches.Photo contests,
and antique markets, Little League base-
ball tournaments, children’s bicycle races
and livemusical entertainment,have been
addedto help the visitorspass the time.
suchas:HistoricRoscoe Village—a re-
stored canal town, Coshocton Lake Park—
drawn canal boat ride ontheMonticello
andthe fine restaurants of Coshocton.
basket maker, the architectural wonder of
ters—built inthe shape ofa basket, and
the beautiful sceneryof the Amishcoun-
try—also famous for its food and crafts.
years ago isnow a much-anticipatedan-
Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival, to be
information about the Coshocton Hot Air