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National Balloon Classic
2023 Champion:
#35 – Nick Donner

Nick Donner

Blue Grass Rocket II
Louisville, KY


How do hot air balloons compete?

A hot air balloon “race” is based on flying accuracy and skill rather than speed. Pilots compete in several tasks; points are calculated throughout the week to determine the overall North Central Regional Championship, the State Championship, and the highly coveted National Balloon Classic Champion.

The blue square indicates a balloon’s competition Banner Number. Some banners are duplicates if the balloon is flown by more than one pilot.