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(GALLERY) Downtown Balloon Festival brings balloon pilots, live music, fun to David Street Station

Attendees enjoy the live music at David Street Station as balloon pilots release columns of flame. (Sara Sammons/Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — Casper citizens flocked to David Street Station on Saturday evening to enjoy Downtown Balloon Fest. The family-friendly event included food and beverage vendors, live music from Kaspen Haley and the Boxelder Stomp Band, and hot-air balloon pilots from the Casper Balloon Roundup.

A huge number of attendees enjoyed the warm evening, playing, eating and relaxing to the music and other attractions. Balloon pilots stood in their baskets — known as “candlesticks” — displaying columns of flame and talking to onlookers about the art of hot-air ballooning.

Balloons have been launching between 6 and 6:30 each morning, with preparations beginning at 5:30 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Mass launches have taken place at the Murane Playing and Soccer Fields at Casper College. Once the balloons launch, “they will land wherever they land,” Jereca Lutz with the Casper Area Chamber of Commerce told Oil City on Wednesday.

Sunday is Kids Day at the fields from 7 to 10 a.m. Kids 12 and under will have the opportunity to go up in a tethered hot-air balloon for free, Lutz said.

The Casper Balloon Roundup is presented by the Casper Area Chamber of Commerce and the Casper Children’s Center.

People can contact the Casper Area Chamber of Commerce at 307-234-5311 or jdewitt@casperwyoming.org to learn more, or visit balloonroundupcasper.com for details.