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Branden Bloom of Indianola thanked the Classic and celebrated his second Classic title during Saturday's awards presentation Saturday at the National Balloon Classic Memorial Balloon Field.

The first time Branden Bloom of Indianola won a National Balloon Classic title, he thought it was a fluke.

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Sawyer Bloom, Branden's son, is now old enough to spend time with his dad at the National Balloon Classic, including at the awards ceremony Saturday where his dad collected his second Classic trophy. Sawyer may be the third generation pilot in the family, said Branden.

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