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MOTHER'S DAY DISCOUNT FOR PLANO BALLOON FESTIVAL HALF MARATHON, RELAY, 5K AND 1K

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This month we celebrate Mom with a special gift of 14% off runner registration fees for the Plano Balloon Festival Half Marathon, Relay, Sky-High Challenge, 5k and 1k.  Simply use the discount code RUNNINGMOMS between May 8-15, 2017 to receive instant savings off the general registration fee. 
Saturday, September 23, 2017 is the 5k and 1k starting at 7:30 a.m. and Sunday, September 24, 2017 is the Half Marathon and Relay beginning at 7:00 a.m.  REGISTRATION FEES in RED show the discountED fees!HALF MARATHON$ 85.00 - General Registration ->$73.10

HALF MARATHON RELAY $130.00 - General Registration ->$111.80
SKY-HIGH CHALLENGE Interested in running both days? Register for both race distances - Half Marathon and 5K. Includes a Bonus Medal! $115.00 - General Registration -> $98.90
5K RUN/WALK Adults, 14 and over  $35.00 - General Registration -> $30.10 Youth, 13 and under $20.00 - Registration -> $17.20
1K FUN RUN/WALK Adults, 14 and over $35.00 – General Registration -> $30.10 Youth, …

LIMELIGHT ON THE KLUV MAIN STAGE – PRESENTED BY DIRECT ENERGY

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Guest contributor: Christina Kennedy
Limelight is ready to entertain the audience with their high-energy approach and eclectic style at the 2017 InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival on the KLUV Main Stage presented by Direct Energy.  Established in 2009, Limelight took the 25-year experience and reputation of Emerald City Band and created a new ensemble with its very own unique style and personality.

A PILOT AND THE 600 POUND BEAR

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The Petrehn family name has been, for many decades, connected with ballooning and John Petrehn recalls, “My first flight in a hot air balloon was when I was just a couple of years old and could not event see over the side of the basket. My father was the pilot.” 
John became an FAA licensed balloon pilot at the age of only 16 and is currently the #4 ranked pilot in the world.  “Ballooning is my full time job, profession, career, hobby, and obsession,” explains the owner of Magniflight hot air balloon company based in Houston.   
Among his more than 50 awards, John won the 2006 World Hot Air Balloon Championship held in Tochigi, Japan and again in 2010.  The 19th FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championship took place in Debrecen, Hungary and John was among top competitors from five continents and 33 countries. 

Although John and his highly experienced chase crew typically log 100 flights a year, this will be their first time launching Bimbo® bear here in Plano, the Hot Air Balloon Capital of …

"DEAR PLANO BALLOON FESTIVAL...FONDLY HEATHER WARD"

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On this day, September 19th we wish a happy anniversary to Chris and Heather Ward who graciously shared their story in this letter:
Dear Plano Balloon Festival,
It was September 19th, 2008; and my boyfriend Chris and I were driving to this hot air balloon festival that I had never been to before.  He was a ham radio operator, so he had assisted in past years with the balloon recovery and retrieval chase crews.  We got stuck in traffic and his normally very calm personality was no where in site.  Chris was getting agitated like we were on some time schedule.  He told me he had arranged for a photographer to meet us there and take some "couple pictures" of us.  He said I should get my hair and nails done, and wear black and white because the balloons are so colorful.  

SIX TIPS FOR HOT PICS AT #PLANOBALLOON

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By guest contributor Stephanie Johnson

Dallas-based visual artist and photographer Stephanie Johnson offers these professional tips for taking photographs of hot air balloons at the InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival:


#1PLAN YOUR VISIT IN ADVANCE. Community eventsgatherlargecrowds,sogoinwitha game plan. Know where you’ll park and where you’ll predominantly want to be. Be sure to plan what you’ll bring versus what you will not want to weigh you down. Plan your gear choices being sure to limit your lenses to less than a few multifocal lenses versus too many prime ones. The ability to follow along a balloon will be helpful when things start moving quickly. Also, be sure to pack a tripodormonopod.Themostphotographedtimesofmorningorsundown­when theballoonsarewantingtobe“glowing”­thetripodormonopodcanhelpgreatly with camera stabilization in low lightatmospheres.Walkable,comfortableclothingandshoeswillbesomethingyouthankyourself for doing.

Volunteer to Crew with Hot Air Balloon Pilots Sept 23-25

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Pilots participating in the 2016 InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival are in need of crew volunteers the weekend of September 23-25, 2016.  Each hot air balloon requires a minimum of three people and up to 15 depending on the size of the balloon. 
No experience is necessary for this hands-on opportunity to assist with the unloading, set-up, inflation, launch, landings and deflations.Volunteers who register quickly may attend the free crew training session being held with several balloons and pilots on Sunday September 18th at Oak Point Park.Volunteers working two shifts will also receive a 2016 Crew t-shirt featuring the “Dazzling Autumn Skies” logo.

THE DOLPHIN IS A "SHE" BALLOON

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The Dolphin balloon owner Jason Myers is participating as a pilot for only the second time at the InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival.  Jason has volunteered as a crew member for other pilots for more than 10 years and currently resides in McKinney, Texas.  Last year Jason won 4th place in the Plano Balloon fly-in competition and was one of 40 balloons to set a World Record at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium for the “Most Hot Air Balloons Inflated Indoors.”
“My first flight in a hot air balloon was September 12, 1981 when my Aunt Gayle flew my Dad and I from Silver Springs Park in Stow to Brimfield in Ohio.It got me hooked with a love for aviation and sport of ballooning,” recalls Jason Myers.“In the pilot logbook under ‘Nature of Flight’ my Aunt Gayle simply wrote, ‘Fun.’ I recorded ‘coolest thing ever done’ in my mental logbook.”