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This web site is being designed to serve all balloonists in the state of Minnesota and provide a common forum as needed.

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 2018 BFA CONVENTION Minimize

FAVIA 225
MARCH 22-25, 2018


Featuring:
Pioneer Dinner
BFA Sanctioned Continuing Education Seminar
Grand Ball Gala
Reenactment Flight
Future Flyers Program
and MUCH More!


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 2018 Hudson Hot Air Affair - Touchdown XXIX Minimize

HUDSON HOT AIR AFFAIR
JANUARY 26-28, 2018


Presented by WESTconsin Credit Union, January 26th through 28th in Hudson, WI. Activities include a Media Flight on Friday morning and a Torchlight Parade Friday evening. Fun flights are planned for Saturday and Sunday mornings with a Moon Glow or Field of Fire held Saturday evening. If the Saturday morning flight is cancelled, the flight will be moved to the afternoon.


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 2017 Caledonia Bluff and Valley Balloon Rally Minimize

CALEDONIA BLUFF'S AND VALLEY BALLOON RALLY
October 20-22, 2017

CALEDONIA BALLOON CLASSIC
December 1, 2 & 3, 2017
Caledonia, MN
Contact: Ed Chapman

This year's events are dedicated to the memory of one of the sweetest persons who ever walked the Earth, Diana Hammell, whose untimely departure this past Spring has touched us all.



The Caledonia Chamber of Commerce invites you to the 5th annual October Rally in a big way, offering lottery ticket sales, plans for a 5K Walk/Run, an Amish farmer's market and a Treasure Hunt with a ballooning theme.

There will be two Caledonia Balloon Rallies again this year: the Bluff and Valley Balloon Rally on October 20, 21, 22 and the Caledonia Balloon Rally Classic on December 1, 2, 3. Both follow the basic format; the differences are Parade in December, school presentation in December.


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 Midwest Balloon Services Minimize


MIDWEST BALLOON SERVICES
*FAA Certified Repair Station since 1999

Bill and Louise Clemons
104 East Center Street
Truro, IA
641-765-4770
EMail: HotAirRepair@aol.com

As you all know, in Minnesota Hot Air Balloon Repair Stations are disappearing in the wind. In my 35+ years of having Annual Inspections done in Minnesota by some great individuals, I've watched each, one by one, retire and take down the shingle out front. I decided it was time to take a broader look at the available options. A few years ago at the National BFA Convention, when it was held in Des Moines, IA, I met Bill and Louise Clemons. We discussed doing annuals, but honestly I thought I'd never make the drive, about 5 hours to their shop in Truro, IA (1/2 hour South of Des Moines).

In the months that followed I asked the majority of balloon pilots I ran into if they could tell me something about "The Clemon's in Iowa". I heard stories about this inflator thing in the shop, "they actually inflated my envelope inside" or "you wouldn't believe the crud they got out of my burner, they even took a photo". The comment always heard, "They do a great job and good folks to work with!"

In the early months of 2015 I weathered a snow storm and headed to Truro, IA for my first annual inspection with Bill and Louise Clemons. I must admit my initial impression was a very positive one. Their shop is dedicated to Hot Air Balloons only, inspections and repairs. The floor was immaculate, spare parts locked in a storage area, webbing and generic accessories neatly organized on shelves, the work bench spotless, specialty tools hung in their dedicated space on the wall and sewing machines located close, but not in the way. In the corner there it was, an electric fan with a few custom attachments to facilitate the inflation of each envelope for a thorough internal inspection.

I was more impressed with the inspection process; each tank, cable, panel, instrument, burner, basket, batteries, paperwork, fire extinguishers, temp tabs, knots, connections, nothing was missed. The bushings on my burner frame were even upgraded. Nice to know your balloon leaves the shop in better condition than when it arrives.

As I write this I just had my second annual inspection done by Bill and Louise and I expect them to do mine for many years to come. They do the type of job you expect from the manufacturer. Thanks again!


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MIDWEST BALLOON SERVICES
*FAA Certified Repair Station since 1999

Bill and Louise Clemons
104 East Center Street
Truro, IA
641-765-4770
EMail: HotAirRepair@aol.com

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