BUCKHORN – All eyes were on the sky last week as hot air balloons took flight over the campus of Buckhorn Children’s Center (BCC).
The ready-to-fly balloons, which were provided by the Buckhorn Lake Area Presbyterian Church, stood 8 feet in height and were assembled prior to launch by the kids in BCC’s care.
John Craft, director of Buckhorn’s H2H Therapeutic Music Program, said three balloons were built per cottage. Due to a stretch of bad weather, Craft said the balloons were constructed a week in advance in preparation for the day.
When the weather finally turned, the kids were delighted to experience the fun and adventure of hot air ballooning in their own front yard.
“Oh, they enjoyed it,” Craft said. “Every girl on our campus participated and some of the boys, too. They all just kept saying it was ‘so cool.’”
Most small hot air balloons of this kind have a weight attached to the end of a tether or rope. On this weight, Craft said the kids attached cards that included Buckhorn’s address just in case someone in another mountain community found the balloons after they’d floated back down to earth.
For more pictures from the balloon launch, please visit our Facebook page.
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