Hot Air Balloon Pilot Jim Fromm joined us in the studio this morning to chat about the National Balloon Classic coming up next Friday thru August 2nd in Indianola.  Jim talked about the maps, targets and markers the pilots work with during the morning competitions.  He invites you all to come out for the morning flights because you'll see all the balloons competing and there's no admission fee!  There are three mornings where there will be a Dawn Patrol launch at 5:15AM.  The dates are July 27, 30 and August 2.  Several balloons will launch in the dark carrying lights making them look like giant colorful lanterns floating thru the air.  This will be a first for the midwest!  For more information on all the events going on during the National Balloon Classic, go to

It's the Barnstormer Bacon Bowl coming up Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena.  There is an official Bacon Bowl Tailgate Party in the north parking lot starting at 4PM.  Ticket packages start at $25 and include the Bacon Bowl game ticket and tailgate party.  Admission to the tailgate party is free for 2014 Barnstormers Season Ticket Holders.  A special ticket package that includes the highly sought-after Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival tickets is available for $70....that includes a ticket to the Barnstormer game and tailgate party as well as a ticket to the 2015 Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival.  Limited quantities are available.

We would love to have you join us at Emily Humeston's lemonade stand tomorrow morning between 5 and 9AM at Valley West Mall, main entrance on the west side of the mall!  Get your Anderson Erickson Icy Cold To Go Lemonade for making a donation to Emily's educational fund!  Take a bunch to the office, or stock up for the summer party! 

It's going to be another "10" day....enjoy it!