Saturday AM & Sunday AM
Over 50 hot air balloonists will arrive and take to the Iredell skies third weekend of October. Many hold professional, aeronautic accomplishments!
≈ Nick Donner. In 2001, at age 17, Nick became the youngest pilot ever to win the U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championship and was named U.S. Rookie of the Year at that event. In 2002, he took first place at the Motegi Hot Air Balloon International Championship in Japan and seventh place at the World Hot Air Balloon Championship in France. In 2003 he was the U.S. National Champion. Nick earned the U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championship in 2010 and 2011.
Nicholas Donner holds 2013 3rd position as 2013 U.S. National Champion
≈ Recently, Chase Donner earned his place as 2012 US National Champion. In a field of 50 competitors during 15 challenging tasks, Chase scored an impressive 833.8 points per task average and claimed the first, 1st time winner of the US National Championship since 2004. Chase represented Team USA at his first World Championship in Battle Creek, MI - which he also championed as the winner! The victory as US National Champion, earned him a spot on the 2014 US World Team in Sao Carlos, Brazil July, 19-27, 2014.
Chase Donner holds 1st place rank as 2013 U.S. National Champion
≈ Balloonist Don Cline of Greensboro, NC holds the perfect attendance award since his first ‘rally’ in 1974. A native of Statesville, Cline was one of the very first hot air balloon pilots in North Carolina when he bought his first balloon from pioneer, Tracy Barnes. Don has flown in balloon competitions across the United States and in Europe.
≈ Notable and accomplished women hot air balloonists include Sally Mazzocchi, Louise Egerton, Beth Wright-Smith and Statesville’s own Marsha Treacy. Treacy is the official pilot of ‘Carolina Blue’ for American Cancer Society, Relay for Life of Statesville.