¬† 11/01/13 This past weekend the father son duo, and Michiana Balloon Rides pilots, of Jim and Brian Kunze competed in the ‚ÄúBalloons Over Killbuck‚ÄĚ hot air balloon event in Anderson, Indiana.¬† This event featured the Montgolfier cup, to find the best hot air balloon pilot in Indiana.¬† Twenty Five pilots competed in the event, with nine of them being from Indiana.¬†
¬† The event started slow with activities Friday and Saturday being canceled due to winds being too high for a safe flight. ¬†Sunday morning the winds settled down for a cold but enjoyable competition flight.¬† The morning started out with balloonists watching test balloons float into the air to decide where they wanted to launch to put them over the targets.¬† Each pilot received four bean bags with streamers attached to them.¬† Each bag was to be thrown at different targets along the flight path.¬† The pilots would receive points based on the distance their bags were from the center of the target.¬†¬†¬†
¬† After an exciting competition flight Brian ended up scoring on all four targets.¬† The winds were not as kind to Jim as he ended up missing the targets but he still received competition points.¬† Once all of the scores were tallied Brian ended up with a score of 2,609 points, which was good enough for eighth overall and second in the state of Indiana by only 72 points. ¬†Finishing first overall was Bruce Wood from Colorado and taking the Montgolfier cup for the fifth strait year was Chris Smart.
‚ÄúIt was a fun experience, I learned a lot competing against the best pilots in Indiana and some of the best in the country.¬† Hopefully they hold the event again next year and I will be able to apply what I learned today to do better. ‚Äú
Michiana Balloon rides offers flights from May till Late September over Plymouth.¬† For more information and pricing visit www.michianaballoonrides.com or contact Brian at 574-780-4560.