Race takes to the sky once more: After 3-year absence, hot air balloons return to Seymour Oktoberfest


This could be the cutline: A hot air balloon floats over downtown Seymour on Saturday evening during the Oktoberfest hot air balloon race.

Friday’s rain might have driven away some Oktoberfest activities, but Oktoberfest visitors saw a sight that has been missing the past few years.

Hot air balloons floated through the skies Saturday night above Seymour with nearly perfect festival weather.

Steve Silver of Remax Professionals in Seymour said the hot air balloon race was called off the past three years.

“It’s either been wind or rain,” Silver said.

This year’s “hare and hound” race took off without a blip from near Seymour High School.

In the race, the Remax balloon takes off before the participants and lands in an undisclosed place, laying out a large “X” marker. The following participants, or “the hounds,” follow the lead balloon and attempt to drop a marker as close to the “X” as possible. The closest balloon is the winner.


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