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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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Festival founder Grishkot extolled by balloonists, officials

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.


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