Eyes go to the Sky

Pilots make a launch during the 13th annual Eyes to the Sky Balloon Festival in Salina Saturday morning. This year’s festival was held in a scaled down format due to the current health restrictions and guidelines.

SALINA – The 13th annual Eyes to the Sky Balloon Festival took place in Salina, Saturday and Sunday. 

Due to COVID-19 guidelines and social distancing practices, the event committee opted to dial the festivities back from what it has been in years past. There were no street vendors, carnival or entertainment – it was limited to two balloon launches and a balloon glow. 

“I want to thank all the hard working pilots that made my job great this weekend,” said Josh Lewis, committee member. “We love you guys for all your hard work and love of our sport. Thank you all. And, a big thank you to the committee that helps do this year after year.”

The launches and glow of 15 balloons took place on the field between North Sevier Middle School and Salina Elementary School. The first launch happened Saturday morning at 6 a.m. The balloon glow lit the night sky at dusk Saturday evening, and the second balloon launch was at 6 a.m., Sunday. See more on page 9A.

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