National Balloon Classic 2017 7-29-17

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A near record crowd hot air balloon fans filled the hillsides at the National Balloon Classic launch field July 29 for opening ceremonies, balloon launches and music. A 2017 Classic Queen was named among three contestants, Ally O'Meara, named the 2017 queen, Rae Pooley, Clara Thompson, Emma Thompson, 2016 queen, Brette Dowson, queen contest coodinator.