Every year Boise watches as dozens of balloons take to the sky during the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic.
Pilots arrived at Ann Morrison Park early this morning to piece together their flying contraptions that some would call crazy.
Ingrid Martell doesn’t though, she loves the views in Boise.
"Oh it's beautiful, the city of Boise is nothing but trees and it's gorgeous," said Martell
The trees looks great from the sky, but they can make for a difficult landing.
"Too many trees, too many trees or power lines can make it kind of tricky sometimes to find a landing spot," said Martell.
Hundreds of people watched from the ground as the colorful collection of balloons drifted through the sunrise. Boise resident Penny Friend says even though she has been to the event several times, she is blown away every year.
"The balloons are everywhere and just all start taking off, and the colors, they are just phenomenal," said Friend.
Today was the first day of the event that the pilots got to takeoff and start preparing for Saturday’s Governor's Cup race. Close to 50 balloons hit the skies Thursday to get a practice run in. While the pilots compete, the fans on the ground get a great show.
Martell hopes to win this weekend, but for her it’s always a treat to fly in Boise.
"The Spirit of Boise is phenomenal because the whole town is involved, everybody comes out for it and I enjoy the community involvement,” said Martell.
For more information on the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic, check out our event guide here.
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