Photo By Mike Bibb: One of several hot air balloons soars over the treetops Saturday morning for the third annual Gila Valley Balloon Extravaganza.
By Mike Bibb
GRAHAM COUNTY – New Year’s Eve brought an unusual sight to the Gila Valley – a dozen, or more, hot air balloons drifting in the early morning air.
In spite of sporadic seasonal winter weather conditions, balloon aficionados from various western locations have been participating in the third annual Gila Valley Balloon Extravaganza, organized by Greg and Susan Lindsey.
The Lindseys are owners and operators of AZ Air Ventures in Safford.
In addition to scheduled morning lift-offs, other activities are planned at Home Depot and the football field at Safford Middle School.