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International Balloon Festival
The 12th International Balloon Festival, held at the end of September, drew
15 teams from Moscow, Novosibirsk, Ryazan and elsewhere, including Belarus and
An annual international balloon festival has been held in the Kavkazkie Mineralnye
Vody (KMV) for more than 10 years in a row.
Chosen for its unique landscape, the KMV’S 17 fabled laccoliths attract hordes
of spectators to witness flights over the resort towns and through mountain
gorges. Thousands of spectators attended a mass balloon launch at the the opening
ceremony on the central square in Es- sentuki. The first day saw drizzle and
high winds, but warm, sunny conditions for the remainder of the Festival enabled
seven out of the planned ten launches to go ahead.
The festival programme traditionally features a competition. “Anton Morev
from Moscow was ahead at the start, but with the competition hot on his heels
he was forced to concede the lead to Krasnodar’s Sergei Voynov. A mistake on
Sergeis part put Anton back in front and sealed his claim to the Golden Ring.
Behind him came Stavropol’s Alexander Visloguzov, and the podium line-up was
completed by the veteran Lev Mavrin from Ryazan,” rounded up the president of
the Stavropol Krai Ballooning Federation, Vitaliy Nenashev. The sole female
pilot, Valeria Boksha (Belarus), received a cup from the mayor of Essentuki.