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Annual balloon festival lifts off again

Posted: July 26, 2014 10:06 a.m.
Updated: July 26, 2014 10:06 a.m.
One of the 25 hot air balloons attending the Seventh Annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival joins the chase in the "Hare and Hound" flight competition. The "hound" chase balloons try to match the exact flight path and landing location of the "Hare" balloon at the event held in Santa Paula on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson. One of the 25 hot air balloons attending the Seventh Annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival joins the chase in the "Hare and Hound" flight competition. The "hound" chase balloons try to match the exact flight path and landing location of the "Hare" balloon at the event held in Santa Paula on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson.
One of the 25 hot air balloons attending the Seventh Annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival joins the chase in the "Hare and Hound" flight competition. The "hound" chase balloons try to match the exact flight path and landing location of the "Hare" balloon at the event held in Santa Paula on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson.
Volunteer Lucia Marquez holds open the mouth of the envelope of a hot air balloon as it is filled with cool air by a fan before launching at the Seventh Annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival held in Santa Paula on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson. Volunteer Lucia Marquez holds open the mouth of the envelope of a hot air balloon as it is filled with cool air by a fan before launching at the Seventh Annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival held in Santa Paula on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson.
Volunteer Lucia Marquez holds open the mouth of the envelope of a hot air balloon as it is filled with cool air by a fan before launching at the Seventh Annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival held in Santa Paula on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson.
Twenty five hot air balloons were expected to attend the Seventh Annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival held in Santa Paula on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson. Twenty five hot air balloons were expected to attend the Seventh Annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival held in Santa Paula on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson.
Twenty five hot air balloons were expected to attend the Seventh Annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival held in Santa Paula on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson.
Twenty five hot air balloons were expected to attend the Seventh Annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival held in Santa Paula on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson. Twenty five hot air balloons were expected to attend the Seventh Annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival held in Santa Paula on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson.
Twenty five hot air balloons were expected to attend the Seventh Annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival held in Santa Paula on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson.
A team member helps fill the "Transition" hot air balloon from Chino Hills with hot air in preparation for flight at the Seventh Annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival held in Santa Paula on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson. A team member helps fill the "Transition" hot air balloon from Chino Hills with hot air in preparation for flight at the Seventh Annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival held in Santa Paula on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson.
A team member helps fill the "Transition" hot air balloon from Chino Hills with hot air in preparation for flight at the Seventh Annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival held in Santa Paula on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson.
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The main attractions of the 2014 Citrus Classic Balloon Festival took off Saturday morning, with around 25 hot air balloons joining the festivities in Santa Paula.

A portion of the money raised through the festival goes to benefit the Rancho Camulos Museum and National Historic Landmark.

The event runs until 11 p.m. Saturday.

 

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