Organizers says Apache Balloon Festival will rise again next year
They came by the hundreds, from across the state, to see hot air balloons. But the Oklahoma winds had other plans. And yet, despite the lack of balloons in the air, the inaugural Apache Balloon Fest was well attended.
The festival was designed to be the first of its kind in Southwest Oklahoma. Twenty hot air balloons were prepared to rise into the sky above Lawton for a three-day community celebration. On the ground, things were relatively calm. But 1,000 feet up the wind shears were peaking at 50 mph.