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The National Balloon Classic will be taking off from Memorial Field again this year.

After taking a year off due to COVID-19 precautions, the organizers of the National Balloon Classic are gearing up for a triumphant return.

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Hot air balloons will return to the skies over Indianola this July with a record number of pilots registered.


Cherry Bomb gets inflated for a flight Monday during an impromptu flight that started north of Indianola and took pilots over the heart of Indianola in 2020. A few balloons flew, although the Classic itself was cancelled. Last year marked 50 years since Indianola first hosted a hot air balloon flight in 1970.

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