Balloons take flight at the Columbia Balloon Invitational

Saturday, August 25, 2007 | 4:40 p.m. CDT; updated 9:29 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

COLUMBIA — At nearly 7:30 a.m., Gary Whitby, one of the organizers of the Columbia Balloon Invitational, made an announcement to the crowd of more than 100 balloon team members and volunteers huddling against the morning chill.