Balloons drift through Natchez

Published 12:09 am Saturday, September 10, 2011

Ben Hillyer/The Natchez Democrat — Balloonist Karen Kent waits for the go ahead to lift off from the Rosalie Bicentennial Gardens Friday evening.

By LINDSEY SHELTON

The Natchez Democrat

NATCHEZ — Several hot-air balloons flew over Natchez Friday evening and are expected to be back in the sky today at approximately 5 p.m., said Sally Durkin at Natchez Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

The balloons were brought to town for a promotional photo shoot organized by the Natchez CVB and the Mississippi Department of Tourism.

Durkin said there will be a meeting at 4:30 p.m. to determine from where the balloons will take off.

Ben Hillyer/The Natchez Democrat — Mallory Wallace looks through the Rosalie fence Friday evening at the balloons that lifted off into the Natchez sky.

Ben Hillyer/The Natchez Democrat — Some of the balloons that lifted off Friday were already ready for their photo op.

Ben Hillyer/The Natchez Democrat — Balloons lift off from Rosalie Bicentennial Gardens.

Ben Hillyer/The Natchez Democrat — Hot-air balloons are being prepared for lift off Friday.

Ben Hillyer/The Natchez Democrat — Sam Stout and Sinnott Bland hang on to the bluff fence looking at the balloons drifting along the river Friday evening.