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Wausau's iconic balloon fest on the horizon

Good weather, passion for flying helped organizer establish summer staple

1:01 AM, Jul. 7, 2013
Wally is up and ready to fly at the Wausau airport on July 6, 2011.
Wally is up and ready to fly at the Wausau airport on July 6, 2011.
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If it hadn't been for some terrific summer weather 11 years ago, the Wausau Balloon Rally & Glow might have fizzled at the starting gate.

Steve Woller of Wausau had been flying hot air balloons for a few years at the time. He and his balloon pilot friends thought it would be cool to hold a get-together in Wausau to do some flying and share their passion for the aircraft with anyone who was interested.

"Balloon pilots like to show off," Woller said. "We're like little kids that way." ...

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