Despite weather challenges that limited balloon activity this weekend during the Centralia Balloon Fest, a large number of visitors attended this year’s annual event, participating in other balloon fest activities.
Only one balloon race was able to be held and that was Friday night. There was also a Balloon Glow Friday night and another Balloon Glow on Saturday night.
The 2013 Balloon Fest was ultimately scored solely on Friday night’s race, after spotty showers cancelled both Saturday and Sunday races.
Of the competitors, 22 pilots were able to score on Friday’s target, with prizes awarded to the 10 closest finishers.
Pilot Tim Cloyd received the 2013 “High Fly Cup,” which is awarded each year in memory of balloonist Wes Rinker
Other Balloon Fest events held this weekend included Balloon Fest Idol, which was held Saturday, a Corvette show, and a Cardboard Boat Race.
Riley Mays took first place in the balloon fest idol competition for the 5-8 year-old division, while Raven Gouch received first place for the 9-12 year-old group and in the 13-18 year old division, Gabrielle Barton was awarded first place.
Balloon Fest 2013 winners
- Harold “Bubba” Cliver – Bubballoon (Pizza Pro)
- Tom Klitz – Aztec Warrior (Centralia Manor & Centralia Estates)
- Ed Dowling – Luck is in the Air (Dusty’s Outdoor Media)
- Adam Magee – SundogX (Chamber of Commerce)
- Frank Anger – America (Little Caesars & Sweet Lil C’s)
- Bob Richey – Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah (Buchheit of Centralia)
- Pat Brouillet – Envy (Hillcrest Funeral Home & Cemetery/Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home)
- Frank Hines – Sailor’s Delight (US Bank)
- Dave Bobel – That a Way (Irvin Funeral Home)
- Mike Fahrendorf – Skyhighballoon (AT&T)
Balloon Fest Idol
- Second Place 5-8 year old division — Lilly Muenz
- Second Place 9-12 year old division — Isabelle Barton
- Second Place 13 to 18 year old division — Jarett Harris