Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa on January 30, 1973 · Page 24
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Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa · Page 24

Estherville, Iowa
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Tuesday, January 30, 1973
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ESTHERVILLE, IOWA, 51334, TUES., JAN. 30. 1973 Page 7 Gone With the Wind An Estherville Welcome Add Balloon Competition To Festival An invitational hot air balloon competition will be a new feature of the 1973 Estherville Winter Sports Festival, it was announced today by the festival committee. The event will be a "Hare and Hound Race" starting at the snowmobile racing course at the airport One balloon will take off and the object of the race is for the other balloonists to follow the first balloon, the one landing closest to where the lead balloon lands being declared the winner. Tom Davies, Estherville, will pilot the "hare" balloon. He is also planning the event, which is sanctioned by the Balloon Federation of America. The satisfactory running of the competition will depend to a considerable degree on the weather, since the race cannot be run in high winds, according to Davies. The competition is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4. Most of the hot air balloons range from 45 to 50 feet in diameter and 70 to 90 feet in height. Propane fuel is used to supply the heat for flying, filling the specially coated and reinforced nylon envelope with the hot air that supplies the "lift" Balloons normally stay up about two to four hours, depending on air temperature and weight being carried, and while altitudes in excess of 30,000 feet have been recorded for hot air balloons, most of the sportsmen enjoy floating at 200 to 500 feet over the countryside. While a balloonist can theoretically travel as fast as the wind blows, most pilots will not inflate if the ground level wind velocity exceeds five miles per hour, since the probability of being dragged through obstacles increases with landing velocity. A balloon generally goes where the wind goes, Davies explained, the trick being to pick the altitude that has the wind direction a pilot wants. Upper winds usually blow 90 degrees opposed to the winds at ground level, sometimes even 180 degrees. WINTER SPORTS FESTIVAL February 2, 3, 4 After The Sports Festival... _ Go North... Go South We Have Planned Tours For: •HAWAII IN FEBRUARY •LAS VEGAS MARCH 9th WINTER GOLF IN ALABAMA MARCH 6th "OUR SERVICE IS FREE" £ For Information Call or Write WORLD WIDE TRAVEL SERVICE 1737 East Central, Estkenillt, Im Phone 362-5044

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