Aspen Historical Society
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Snowmass Village, CO, Colorado

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September 11, 2012
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Up in the air

SNOWMASS VILLAGE - "Hot Air Regatta" headlined the front page of The Aspen Times on July 16, 1981. "Spectators were up at the crack of dawn last Saturday and Sunday to watch the fifth annual Snowmass Invitational Balloon Race. Thirty-two colorful balloons ascended from the launch site near the Snowmass Stables in the early morning calm. The brightly colored balloons hovering quietly against the pink and yellow flush of sunrise make this one of the most spectacular events of the summer season." The festival, started in 1977 and held in mid-July for many years, now soars with the fall colors of September and helps close Snowmass Village's summer season.

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The Aspen Times Updated Sep 11, 2012 06:07PM Published Sep 11, 2012 06:05PM Copyright 2012 The Aspen Times. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.