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A great day for “Childs Play”


Hot-air balloon pilot Cary Childs launched early Sunday morning

Up up and away! The matriarch of Wellsville’s preeminent ballooning family, Pat Childs, sent us some pictures of a beautiful morning. Her son Cary is doing the traveled north from the village of Wellsville giving many a exciting early morning surprise.

The Childs’ family have been flying balloons from Wellsville for decades, most notably the Carpet Town balloon. Bill Childs, the patriarch of the clan, has been the “balloonmeister” for the Great Wellsville Balloon Rally more times that anyone can count. In fact, the mere existence of the rally is directly due to the efforts and love of the sport by the Childs family.

This year the 45th Great Wellsville Balloon Rally will launch July 15-17, event after two years being grounded by Covid-19. Dozens of balloonists and thousands of balloon lovers will descend on Wellsville for an unforgettable weekened.

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