INDIANOLA, Iowa -- Pilots from across the country are competing in the 2018 National Balloon Classic.
Hot air balloon competitions are judged based on accuracy, rather than speed. Each morning at 6:00 a.m. pilots receive different tasks for the day's competition. One includes dropping a marker on a target; the closer the marker to the target, the more points the pilot receives.
Pilots compete during the morning competition for points, determining the National Balloon Classic Champion and North Central Regional Champion.
Balloons go up at approximately 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., weather permitting.
Morning admission is free, while evening admission is $5 for ages six and up. The National Balloon Classic runs through August 4th at 15335 Jewell Street in Indianola.