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Joan Grishkot is presented with a certificate of tribute to her late husband Walter Grishkot, founder of the Adirondack Balloon Festival at the opening ceremonies of the 2001 event held Sept. 22. Looking on are Queensbury Supervisor Dan Stec (rear) and Balloon Festival President Mark Donahue.

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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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