Up, up and away

July 26, 2011 —

“Once you have flown, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you long to return.” - Leonardo da Vinci

Indianola Balloon Classic


Take flight at the 42nd annual Indianola Balloon Classic, July 29- August 6. Events kick off on Friday evening with a 5k road race followed by a nite-glow balloon show at dusk. The festivities continue throughout the weekend and following week ending on Saturday, August 6 with wine night. Other activities during the week include concerts, fireworks, and even the chance to take a balloon ride yourself!

With a deep love for her hometown, Nicole Branstad is pro-Des Moines and is constantly touting its many events and attractions. When she isn’t out exploring the city she likes to spend time with her husband Marcus and their son Everett. She enjoys hosting lavish dinner parties, collecting wine and buying fresh flowers at the downtown farmer’s market. Nicole works in the marketing & communications department as the online marketing-enrollment coordinator.