Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Group Likes Giving People a Lift.(West Side Journal)

Byline: Journal Staff Report

A mass ascension of 50 to 60 hot air balloons will take place Saturday courtesy of the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association.

The association is the largest hot air balloon club in the world with about 1,000 members, Kathy Smith, association member, said.

Smith, a balloon pilot since 1997, said she was inspired to get her license after her first balloon ride in Albuquerque.

Members of the public are invited to take their first balloon ride at the event. Veterans are welcome, too.

Rides are free and open to children over 3 and adults.

Tethered balloons lift riders about 80 feet in the air, Smith said. …

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