September 23, 2011
In a tribute to Adirondack Balloon Festival founder Walt Grishkot, balloonist John Outzen draped a giant American flag from his craft Thursday Sept. 22 during the opening ceremony of the 2011 festival. Outzen noted that for years, Grishkot loved this traditional patriotic salute.
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At the opening ceremonies Thursday evening of the 39th annual edition of the Adirondack Balloon Festival, local officials and balloonists fondly recalled event founder Walt Grishkot’s character and achievements.