MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A note to visitors to the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport on Friday, Saturday or Sunday: Think a little less "vroom" and a little more "Wheee" or "Whoa," depending on your age.
Instead of speedy jets, hot-air balloons will crowd the airways. The Spirit of America Over Martinsburg Balloon Festival is set for this weekend at the airport grounds. Organizers are anticipating 10 to 12 hot-air balloons, each poised to take the willing up and away.
For those who prefer the view from ground level, a group of powered paragliders will perform stunts in the air. The Chambersburg Skydiving Team will kick off events on Saturday and Sunday. There also will be aircraft on display and a car show.
A "night glow" on Friday night marks the official start to the hot-air balloon festival, said organizer Nicolas Diehl. The hot-air balloons will be tethered and illuminated on the ground. The experience, Diehl said, is comparable to walking through a maze of 90-foot-high lanterns.