Friday, February 09, 2007

Another balloonist on thin ice or was it the same guy?

Hard to believe its snowing in the UK and US when your sat typing this on a
lovely sunny day in South Africa.

Still our time will come. Especially here on the edge of the Drakensberg.

Anyhow spotted this one.

Hot air balloon festival planned

ESCANABA — Delta County will be full of hot air this summer when "Balloons
on the Bay" hot air balloon festival debuts in June. Organizers plan to make
it an annual event. It will feature a colorful conglomeration of hot air
balloons dotting the Delta County skyline, with activities and entertainment
for people of all ages.

Scheduled for June 26 through July 1, "Balloons on the Bay" will be held at
the U.P. State Fairgrounds in conjunction with the annual Pioneer Days and
Lumberjack show. The festival is being organized by OSF St. Francis Hospital
& Medical Group and the Delta County Commerce Center. Events will feature a
blend of the old and new, including hot air balloon rides, a lumberjack
show, barbeque cook-off and much more.

The event was announced at Saturday's Delta County Chamber of Commerce Love

"We are so pleased to bring this new, fun and exciting event to our
communities," said Vickie Micheau, executive director for the Delta County
Chamber of Commerce. "We offer this as an occasion for friends and family to
experience the splendor of hot air ballooning against the backdrop of
beautiful Bays de Noc, while taking in all the unique opportunities Delta
County has to offer."

Balloons will be lifting off Friday evening, June 29, Saturday morning and
evening on June 30 and Sunday morning, July 1. Residents can gather each
evening to enjoy a "balloon glow" and tethered rides will be available for
$15 per person throughout the week, weather permitting.

Proceeds from "Balloons on the Bay" will benefit the OSF St. Francis
Hospital Foundation and OSF Bay de Noc Hospice. Complete events and
activities are still being planned and will be announced as details are
finalized, said Micheau.

"This is an occasion people will not want to miss, so mark your calendars
and watch for further details."

Plans to announce the event got off to a rough start Friday. Part of the
announcement was to have a hot air ballon offshore of the Terrace Bay Supper
Club, where the Love Affair was held Saturday night. On Friday, a truck
delivering the ballon broke through the ice on Little Bay de Noc. TKL towing
freed the truck from approximately three feet of water and ice after a
one-hour effort.

Dennis and Amanda Neuens were winners of the top prize at Saturday's Love
Affair — a 2006 Dodge Charger. They had a one in 54 chance of winning the
car, Micheau said. Their tickets were purchased by Amanda's employer, Auto
Glass Specialists. Dennis works for Blue Fox Construction. The couple
recently moved back to the area from Appleton, Wis., Micheau said.

A punch-through board was replicated from the "Price is Right" game show for
the car contest's final drawing. The Neuens advanced to the final round and
chose number 14, Dennis' birthday, said Micheau. Dennis punched number 14
and drew out the card with a picture of the car on it.

"He (Dennis) was in absolute disbelief," Micheau said.

He and his wife are expecting a baby, Micheau noted. Peter Jennings, who was
chair of the Love Affair, is also administrator at OSF St. Francis Hospital.

He announced Saturday OSF St. Francis would purchase a baby car seat for the
Neuens' new car.

For more information about "Balloons on the Bay" and annual Pioneer Days
activities, call the Delta County Commerce Center at (906) 786-–2192 or
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