Pre-flight for upcoming Balloon Festival 2019

PINETOP-LAKESIDE - Taking one for the team in a hot air balloon pre-test flight for the upcoming 2nd Annual White Mountains Hot Air Balloon Festival, June 28 - 30, Pinetop-Lakeside Mayor Stephanie Irwin and Summit Healthcare CEO Ron McArthur and his wife Jenice headed up. With blue skies and light winds, the trio took off very early in the morning on May 31. Community Services Manager Tony Alba said the event this year has been expanded to three days and all activities will be free to the public, including tethered balloon rides. Learn more about this fun event for the whole family at or if you see the mayor or the McArthurs, ask them about their ride.

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