BOISE - Saturday morning, Ann Morrison Park was filled with people with their eyes on the skies. It was all for one reason, day three of the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic.
Idaho Lieutenant Governor Brad Little helped to kickoff the festivities, "There's a great crowd here this morning. And it's great on a Saturday morning, because there's lots and lots of kids here. The balloonists are excited. The weather couldn't be better. They just sent up the test balloon. Looks like there's a little box wind, so they're going to be able to do, these good pilots are going to be able to do a great job. The A-10's are flying over again to kind of give us a little patriotic feel this morning for the Governor's Cup. Everybody is excited, as am I."
Excited, because Little got a ride of his own. But, he wasn't the only one thrilled to see 28 balloons lift off from Ann Morrison this morning.
"Oh, this is amazing, I've never actually seen this. This is just something else," said Cindi Mitchell.
"It's so much fun to see everything flying over the city. And, it just makes a really, really special weekend for everybody," said Melissa Stoner.
"My Granddaughter here wanted to see the balloons takeoff, and I had never seen them, personally, so I really wanted to see them too. I think it's amazing," said Bill Davis. "She likes them, she doesn't want to get too close, but she likes them."
One of the highlights of the day was a competition to knock over empty porta-potties. The balloon sporting the circle-7, piloted by the event's organizer, Scott Spencer, was the first to score.
The Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic took a brief hiatus, but was back this year. While the possibility of it becoming an annual celebration is still up in the air, there's definitely a consensus among the 5,000 people who showed up Saturday morning.
"I've been coming, ever since my daughter was born, actually, to the Spirit of Boise. And, we were kind of sorry to see it go. So, we are thrilled, absolutely thrilled that it's back this year, and we're really hoping that it's going to be an annual event in Boise again, because it's just amazing," said Stoner.
There's a special night glow event Saturday night around 6:30 p.m., and the balloons lift-off again Sunday morning around 7:00 a.m.