History: They’re off
Special to the Sun
“It’s like having your own personal cloud,” photographer Chris Cassatt said after he returned to ground during the second invitational Snowmass balloon races held in late August 1977. According to The Aspen Times on Sept. 1, 1977, about 25 balloons from eight states took part in the races during the weekend festivities, although strong winds and snow on the first morning limited the range of events to just the free short lifts up rather than the full races. The hare and hounds race, postponed until Sunday, ended with winner Bud Heberlee, of Garden City, Kan., receiving a silver belt buckle depicting a balloon in the mountains. The 38th annual Snowmass Balloon Festival is Sept. 13 through 15.
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