Colorado on the Web: Balloon Classic photo contest

August 28, 2014 Updated: August 30, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Who doesn't love a good hot air balloon show? I do, and so does my 6-year-old.

For me, the best part of this weekend's Colorado Balloon Classic in Colorado Springs is that I will watch it in person for the first time. And through the eyes of my daughter.

October marks my one-year anniversary of being a Colorado resident and at The Gazette. One of the first events that caught my attention - because of its amazing images - was the Classic. I've had to wait almost an entire year to watch it, and I predict it will be worth it. The event is a photographer's dream.

I'm not a professional photographer, but I've taken plenty of photos over my journalism career. Once in a while I get lucky and get a good one. I hope it happens again this weekend.

Now here's the real fun part. I have a challenge for our readers. The Gazette is looking for the best Classic photos to publish on one of the newspaper's section fronts Monday. We have space dedicated to you, and we're waiting. Please no photos from past Classics.

Share photos on our Facebook page, tweet @csgazette, email or send to my favorite, Instagram.

Who isn't on Instagram these days? It's the most popular social media photo sharing app around. To show us your Instagram balloon photos, simply add #csgazette in your photo caption and the photo automatically filters into our Instagram collage.

Follow The Gazette on Instagram @csgazette and follow me at @daltonwalker1 and we'll see you at the Classic.

To visit our Instagram collage, go here

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Here's what else is happing on Colorado on the Web.

I hope to visit the Colorado State Fair before it wraps up. It will be my first time attending and my first time in Pueblo. Sorry Pueblo, haven't had a strong reason to venture south on Interstate 25 until now.

But will I go on any rides? Probably not. And that was before I learned a teen tore his shoulder muscle on a ride this past weekend, according to the Pueblo Chieftain. Ouch. Scary.

The teen, 15-year-old Matt Landin, was injured when a harness broke on a ride that spins upside down called Sky Fire. Landin told KRDO that he thought he was going to die.

The rider was never in any real danger, according to the Chieftain, who spoke with the fair manager.

"If one part fails, there are other measures in place to protect riders from serious accidents," the article reads.

As a youngster, I was scared of fair rides. I defeated that fear later in life and tried most rides at fairs that many would consider 'scary'. I've never been on a ride that broke, thankfully.

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A Colorado town topped this year's Allstate Best Drivers Report. No, it wasn't Colorado Springs, although we made the top 15.

Drivers in Fort Collins do it right. The northern Colorado town was ranked first, followed by Brownsville, Texas and Boise, Idaho. Colorado Springs was the second Colorado city listed and was ranked 14th. Denver was ranked 88th.

Apparently Fort Collins is a repeat winner and has finished atop the rankings four of its 10 years, according to the city's newspaper, The Coloradoan. Way to go drivers in Fort Collins. Continue to do well and maybe it will rub off on the rest of us.

The Springs deserves a shout out too for its ranking. Nice job.


Have a Colorado on the Web idea? Send me an email at or tweet @GazetteDalton

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