The air was crisp as it has been here nearly all summer and at 6:30 pm when we arrived in Wellsville, New York there were only faint signs of blue skies. At 7 pm balloonists and their fans were beginning to see signs that the skies were clearing and soon thereafter we were treated to the sight of hot air balloons rising into the early evening sky here in Allegany County.
The Wellsville Balloon Rally is an annual event and folks come from all around our area to see it. A crowd of several thousand was on hand tonight as dozens of hot air balloons rose into the early evening sky over Wellsville, New York. The balloon rally is special for us because it was there in 1982 that I gave my wife a diamond ring. For us it was an anniversary of sorts tonight.