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1999 US West National Balloon Classic
1999 U S West National Balloon Classic Photo: Chris Donahue

National Balloon Classic

Held each August in Indianola, Iowa, this hot-air balloon competition is host to nearly 100 balloon pilots and more than 75,000 spectators annually. Designated the North Central Regional Championship, it originated in 1970 as the first US National Championship. The event is documented in large-format color photographs, background text, and promotional publications. An official souvenir T-shirt and pin are also included.

Originally submitted by: Leonard L. Boswell, Representative (3rd District).

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