Balloon Fest Honors Pilots and Sponsors at Brunch

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The pilot of the Wagz balloon Dean Carlton wins this year’s High Fly Cup as an ambassador for the spirit of ballooning. Photo by Garrett Ford. The phrase “everyone’s a winner” rings true for the pilots at this year’s Centralia Balloon Fest. After weather limited Friday’s race and canceled the weekend’s two morning flights, all of this year’s pilots were awarded a share of first place.