INDIANAPOLIS - Pilots could not have asked for a better flight during Saturday morning's Indiana State Fair Giant Hot Air Balloon Race presented by Propane Exceptional Energy. Pat Fogue, with his Pepsi balloon, piloted his way to a narrow victory, dropping his beanbag 6 feet 1.8 inches away from the target.
Twenty-three pilots set off from the infield at dawn. The Propane Exceptional Energy "hare" balloon led the pack to a landing spot at Riverwood Park in the Broad Ripple area. Balloonists then dropped beanbags on a large "X," attempting to be the closest to the target. All that separated first and second place were two eighths of an inch.
It was a close race, but the top finishers included:
Balloon Pilot Distance
1. Pepsi Pat Fogue 6 ft. 1 1/8 in.
2. -- Chris Smart 6 ft. 1 3/8 in.
3 -- Alvin Hansen 7 ft. 3 ½ in.
4. Remax Jeff Menchhofer 10 ft. 6 in.
5. -- Gary Tarter 13 ft. 7in.
About Indiana State Fair
The Indiana State Fair is the state's largest multi-day event attracting more than 900,000 people annually. Nationally recognized for offering the best in entertainment, showcasing youth, interactive agriculture education programs, premiere facilities and a variety of unique, fun foods, the Indiana State Fair is an annual tradition for generations of Hoosiers. Admission is $7in advance, $8 at the gate - kids 5 and younger are free. For more information, please visit http://www.indianastatefair.com/.
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