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Raising Balloons & Raising Money

Maxine Ridling
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, TX - Hot air balloons lined up ready to take off in Canyon this morning, but for the first time in the event's history... It didn't happen.

Hundreds of people came out to the Palo Duro Canyon early this morning to watch the pirates of the Canyon's Annual event for the charity March of Dimes. Sadly, none of the balloons took off because of the weather, but their spirits were still high.

Since she was 13 years old, Cheri White spends most of her time up in the air.

"It's always an adventure you never know where you're going to land," White said.

And believe it or not, she's afraid of heights.

"I go up 18,000 feet and i have no fear," says White,"Isn't it bazaar?"

Bazaar it is, but unfortunately white couldn't face her fear today, her or any of the other 27 balloonists.

"The wind is blowing us to an area where we can't retrieve the balloons," The Amarillo National Bank crew team said.

Our cameras were only able to a catch glimpse of what the ride is supposed to be.

"This is probably one of the first that we have not been able to fly because the wind is blowing towards the South."

"Some even flew hundreds of miles to be here.

"We didn't come here from Houston to sit on the ground and watch the wind blow we want to fly," Philip Bryant with Propane said.

 Flying isn't what it's all about though, Bryant says it's all about the cause.

"As far as coming here and promoting safe propane usage we also do charitable events and take kids for rides and donations," Bryant says.

And even though they weren't up... No one felt down.

"I love coming out here and seeing all of the colors," Susi Seaman says.

How much they raised this weekend is still unknown, but we do know more than 4,000 people showed up this year. However much it was, the majority of that money will go towards helping premature babies across our area.

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