Balloonists Take Their Craft To Local Schools

Today was the day that Lake Havasu school students look forward to each year.

It was the day that balloonists visit them and explain the way a hot air balloon works. The kids get to have an up close, personal experience with the balloons every year. They gain information about how balloons and their pilots and crew work and are educated in a way that makes it more interesting for them as they watch the beautiful, serene spectacle when they take to the air.

The balloonists visited schools throughout the Lake Havasu Unified School District as well as Havasu Preparatory Academy, Telesis Preparatory Academy and Calvary Christian Academy.

The Lake Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair continues through Sunday at 3 p.m., at Lake Havasu State Park (Windsor 4). Admission is $15 for adults and under 14 are free.

Pilot Dean Baker inflates his balloon for students at LHHS Thursday morning. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Students watch hot air balloons inflate on the field at LHHS Thursday morning. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Pilots and crew pose for a photo on the LHHS field Thursday morning. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Pilots Dean Baker and his crew pose for a photo on the LHHS field Thursday morning. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Pilot Jason Gaines and his crew pose for a photo on the LHHS field Thursday morning. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

LHHS students assist in packing away a hot air balloon Thursday morning. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Telesis principal Dr. Sandy Breece poses in front of a hot air balloon Thursday morning at her school. photo courtesy Tammy Breece

Pilot Pat Newlin lays out her hot air balloon for students at Telesis Thursday morning. photo courtesy Tammy Breece

Pilot Pat Newlin inflates her balloon Thursday morning at Telesis. photo courtesy Tammy Breece

Pilot Pat Newlin inflates her balloon Thursday morning at Telesis or students. photo courtesy Tammy Breece

Students watch a candlestick burn at Oro Grande Classical Academy Thursday morning. photo courtesy Carol Nowakowski

Students watch a candlestick burn at Oro Grande Classical Academy Thursday morning. photo courtesy Carol Nowakowski

Pilots Al Reusch and Jason Gaines inflate balloons on the baseball fields at Lake Havasu High School. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Pilot Deb Walterman inflates her hot air balloon or students at HPA Thursday morning. photo courtesy Michele Lin

Pilot Deb Walterman inflates her hot air balloon or students at HPA Thursday morning. photo courtesy Michele Lin

Pilot Deb Walterman inflates her hot air balloon or students at HPA Thursday morning. photo courtesy Michele Lin

HPA Principal Dana Mills and Danielle Matoy take off from HPA in a hot air balloon Thursday morning. photo courtesy Michele Lin

StarLite Balloon pilot Peggy Watson-Meinke gets ready to share her balloon with the students at Calvary Christian Academy.
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The kids are surprised by the noise that comes from the propane used for the balloon, as they wait in line to get a closer view of StarLite at CCA.
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Samantha Zasadil/RiverScene

Students pose with the StarLite Balloon at Calvary Christian Academy. Samantha Zasadil/RiverScene

Students are amazed my the size of the StarLite Balloon at Calvary Christian Academy. Samantha Zasadil/RiverScene

Crew members help pilot Peggy Watson-Meinke prepare to lift the StarLite balloon at Calvary Christian Academy. Samantha Zasadil/RiverScene

Students enjoy the view as the balloon lifts into the air. Samantha Zasadil/RiverScene

Pilot Peggy Watson-Meinke shares information with the students at Calvary Christian Academy about her balloon StarLite.
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Samantha Zasadil/RiverScene

Students excitedly wait to see the balloon StarLite at Calvary Christian Academy.
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Students at Jamaica Elementary School got to see a hot air balloon up close Thursday morning. photo courtesy Kathy Reineke

Students at Jamaica Elementary School got to see a hot air balloon up close Thursday morning. photo courtesy Kathy Reineke


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