New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 4, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Glowfest aims for happy landings
Twenty-two hot-air balloons will launch from New Braunfels locations Dec. 14 and 15 as part of the annual Festtage celebration.
The gentle giants of the sky will be looking for friendly places to land.
Organizers of Glowfest, the first of its kind in New Braunfels, are asking area residents, ranchers and farmers with open land for their assistance in providing potential landing sites. Those who don’t mind having the balloons land on their property are encouraged to put out signals that can be seen from the air — white for yes, blue or red for no. The balloons are federally registered aircraft and must adhere to all federal aviation regulations. Unlike other aircraft they are at the mercy of the wind and therefore cannot always predict where they will fly or land. Balloon pilots must look for a friendly and safe place to land.
The balloonmeister, Dr. Tim Brady, a local pilot with some 15 years of experience, said, “Most people are excited about these colorful bubbles descending slowly onto their property. They settle gently and softly across an area of approximately IOO square feet”
Brady, who has flown in Europe and throughout the United States, is responsible for the safety and organization of the balloon activity. He said there are two major concerns in ballooning, safety and good landowner relations. “Without cooperative land owners flying is difficult and can be dangerous,” he said.
Balloon pilots have chase crews that try to find landowners to request permission to land, but that is not always possible in open areas and vacant lots, he said.
“The balloons don’t generally cause any damage to the property. In fact, there is a better chance that the balloons end up with minor cuts in the fabric if they drop over fences or someone steps on them,” Brady said. “The biggest problem is that the balloons will frighten
Glowfest organizers ars asking landowners to display signals to guide balloonists to places where landings will bs acceptable.
animals. The sound of the heater used to keep the balloons up spooks dogs, cows and horses much like fireworks. The balloon pilots are vigilant about animals in pens and tty to avoid them if at all possible.”
The Glowfest organizers are hoping that local residents inside the potential flight pattern will welcome the balloonists onto their property. If there is a safe place and the balloons are welcome, people are asked to put out a white sheet or similar white marker.
If the landowner wants to prohibit landing put out some sort of red fabric or a large blue plastic tarp. As the balloons begin to land they descend in altitude to about 250 feet above the ground to set up a safe approach. They can see these signals if the fabric or tarp is spread in the open area that can be used for landing.
If there are any questions or special concerns, Brady has asked
that landowners call Anna Lee Hicks at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce at 625-2385.
“We want to make this a fun event and create excellent landowner relations for balloonists in the New Braunfels area,” he said. The event will start with a multiple site launch of the balloons at 7 a.m. Dec. 14. That night there will be a spectacular static display at Prince Solms Park; a balloon glow in which the inflated balloons will light up their airborne heaters and create a look of giant Christmas tree ornaments. The show will last from about 6 to 7 p.m. During the display, Christmas music will be added to the festive event. On Dec. 15 a mass liftoff of all 22 balloons will take place at 7:15 a.m. at Canyon High School.
Admission to the launches and the Glow is free and open to the public.
(Submitted by Anna Lee Hicks)
Photo submitted by Canyon High School
Th* Canyon High School Future Homemakers of America collected more than 75 pounds of food for the S.O.S. Food Bank through a scavenger hunt Participating members included (from left) Crystal Sylvia, Tiffany Soell, Lot! Rose, Jake Middleton, Usa Garland, Trlsh Ellers, Melissa Grobe, Brandi Quinn and Anna Lara.
Canyon FHA hunts for S.O.S. Food Bank
The Canyon High School Future Homemakers of America gathered to collect food items from various private homes and businesses by participating in a scavenger hunt.
The event, the group’s first social affair of the year, combined fun and service to create awareness and support for the S.O.S. Food Bank.
More than 75 pounds of food items
were collected by the group.
This year’s FHA officers are Crystal Sylvia, president; Jenny Walker, vice president; Lori Rice, secretary/treasurer; and Tiffany Soell, publicity.
Sponsors are June Reimer, Terry Wiemers and Terri Williams.
The group ended the scavenger hunt with a pizza supper, and members received treats for their efforts.
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