The Touchstone Energy hot air balloon landed in Colorado this week in conjunction with CONNECT ’11, NRECA’s annual communications and marketing conference taking place at the Downtown Denver Sheraton hotel May 9-12.
After a quick trip to Loveland Ski Area early Tuesday morning for a rare photo opportunity in the snow-covered Rockies, the balloon and its crew packed up and next stopped by Tri-State’s Westminster headquarters.
All of the photos will be considered for the popular balloon calendar published every year. “It was an excellent setting for a photo,” said Kevin Bernson, vice president of media and public relations for the balloon program. “The building was beautiful and the sun was perfect,” he said.
The balloon is now on its way to Columbia REA in Washington state where it will fly at the Walla Walla Balloon Stampede.
The Touchstone Energy hot air balloon is intended to serve as a goodwill ambassador for Touchstone Energy cooperatives. There are five balloons in the fleet, and the two newest balloons stand over 77 feet tall and are 60 feet wide when fully inflated. Each are built of hyperlife fabric panels and have a 14 cubic foot ascot basket. The balloons are fired by dual propane burners and fueled by two 15-gallon propane tanks.