top story 2019 Ruby Mountain Balloon Festival Jul 29, 2019 0 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Setting up at State Farm Rise to the Occasion Balloon Company pulls into the parking lot at State farm on Idaho Street. Unloading the Gondola Lloyd and Deena Richie help owner, Pat Irwin, unload the gondola. Firing Up Jeff Winrod helps hold the balloon open while the air inside is heated up. Semi-Inflated Balloon Helpers gather along the side of the balloon to make sure it is inflating properly. Coming to Life "The Patriot" fills and takes shape. Full Balloon The red and blue giant is filled and nearly ready for takeoff. Up and Away! Onlookers wave as we lift off. View "Smoky the Bear" is sighted in Elko City Park. Keeping Adrift Irwin periodically fires up the tanks to keep the balloon at altitude. Looking Up The view from the bottom of the gondola. Patterns The patterns of the red and white hot air balloon stand out against a cloudy sky. Looking for a Place to Land Irwin Skillfully lets the wind move the balloon toward a safe landing place. Back on Mother Earth The flight crew touches down near Last Chance Road with a perfect landing. Packing Up Air is squeezed form the nylon casing of the balloon in order to pack it up. Another Gig at Highland Manor Irwin enjoys taking a "dead balloon" to Highland Manor so the residents can watch an inflation. Here environmental services technician Eileen McChesney keeps the cloth form billowing into the residents' faces. A Parade Inside a Balloon Highland Manor residents enjoy the experience inside a hot air balloon. Cleaning Up Irwin sailed a number of frisbees inside the cavernous space. Here a helper collects them. Final View The final view of the inside of this balloon before the team deflates. Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Load comments × Post a comment as Emoticons [smile] [beam] [wink] [sad] [cool] [innocent] [rolleyes] [whistling] [lol] [huh] [tongue] [love] [sleeping] [yawn] [unsure] [angry] [blink] [crying] [ohmy] [scared] [sleep] [sneaky] [tongue_smile] [thumbdown] [thumbup] [censored] [happybirthday] [ban] [spam] [offtopic] [batman] [ninja] [pirate] [alien] Comment Text Cancel Post comment × Your comment has been submitted. × Report Cancel Report Abuse ×Reported ×There was a problem reporting this. × Watch this discussion. Stop watching this discussion. Watch this discussion Get an email notification whenever someone contributes to the discussion Notifications from this discussion will be disabled. Cancel Start watching Stop watching (0) comments Welcome to the discussion. Log In Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything. Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. Post a comment Watch this discussion. Stop watching this discussion. Most Popular Montello man charged with 10 counts of lewdness Police Log: Aug. 9, 2019 Marcus David Rogers Gun-toting mom gets 90 days in jail Elko man sentenced to life in deadly home invasion View All Promotions promotion spotlight ENTRIES CLOSE MONDAY: Win up to $1,000 when you enter the 2018 Destinations Photo Contest! promotion spotlight What kind of craft beer are you?