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The Chamber Scene
305 Warren Street • Huntington, Indiana 46750 • (260) 356-5300 • • May 2014
Hot Air Balloon Festival, car show,
bed race on Heritage Days Saturday
Thirteen hot air balloons will once again
grace the skies over Heritage Days from
Friday, June 20 through Sunday, June 22.
The Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring
the Hot Air Balloon Festival, which will include a balloon launch at 7 p.m. and a glow
at dark on Saturday, June 21, on the front
lawn of Huntington North High School as a
part of Heritage Days celebrations. Morning
and evening launches will also take place
weather permitting during the weekend.
Chris Smart of the Dream Catcher Balloon Team, along with his sister Pat Johnson, is coordinating the activities and
welcomes people to attend the Saturday
evening event and “learn more about balloons.” He invites people to walk up to the
balloons and explore their fascinating features. Weather permitting hot air balloon
launches will take place from the high
school on Friday evening at 7 p.m. Saturday
morning and evening and Sunday morning
launches will take place at a site determined
by Smart based on the weather and wind
conditions. The flights will last approximately one hour and 25 to 30 people will be
in the air in each session. Smart’s brother
Dick will be the DJ for the evening.
The public is invited and encouraged to
attend the Disaster Team Car Show from 1
to 8 p.m. and the Bed Race at 7 p.m. which
also will take place on Saturday at HNHS.
The Car Show is being coordinated by Max
Kaylor and the Bed Race by Dan Juergens.
Food will be available from the Boy Scouts,
the Waggin’ Tails 4-H group and Faith
Lutheran Church of Roanoke will sell pies.
Helicopters and other emergency vehicles
will also be on display. The winner of
“Huntington’s Got Talent” will perform and
dancers from the YMCA will also be performing between the Bed Race and the balloon glow. To enter the Bed Race contact
Juergens at (260) 356-5214, the Chamber at
Shown in the photo is a hot air balloon during last year’s Heritage Days festival as it travels over the city of Huntington. The Hot Air Balloon Festival will be back at Huntington North
High School during this year’s Heritage Days
(260) 356-5300 or complete an entry form
Balloon sponsors for the event currently
include TCU, PHD Inc., Apex, RE/Max,
Bendix, Dean Foods, Culp, BSB/ Beacon
Credit Union, CSP, WSI, Quality Inn, State
Farm-Jake Stroup and Pioneer. They are in
need of crew members for this event and
will be hosting a “learn to crew night”
which will take place prior to Heritage Days
for those interested in helping out during the
festival. Those interested in learning to be a
part of a hot air balloon crew should contact
Smart at (260) 224-0251 by May 15. Participants must be 16 years of age to crew.
Smart began ballooning as a crew member in 1989 and received his FAA Certified
Commercial Pilot’s license in 1992. As a
crew member under the direction of local
hot air balloonist Bill Shockley, Smart
learned the ropes of ballooning. Smart went
on to purchase his first balloon after receiving his pilot’s license. The first balloon is
the Dream Catcher, a Cameron C-80 with a
volume of 80,000 cu. ft., which stands 61
feet tall (6 stories) and is 172 feet around.
Smart said to put the volume in perspective,
80,000 cu. ft. is the equivalent of 80,000
basketballs. The wicker weave carriage, or
basket, will accommodate three or four people and two 15 gallon propane fuel tanks for
a flight duration of one to two hours.
With full fuel tanks the basket weighs
485 pounds and the envelope weighs 200
pounds. The airborne propane heater with
an ultra-single burner generates 22 to 26
million BTU per hour and powers the balloon. This is equivalent to 15,000 horse
power and enables the aircraft to lift 1,600
pounds of gross weight. A hot air balloon
flies at the speed and direction of the air current it is in. It does not return to its take off
point to land.
The Dream Catcher has every safety feature available in hot air balloon construc(Story Continued on Page 2)
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tion, including Kevlar nonconductive cables, instead of steel cables, throughout the
envelope. In addition to possessing superior
engineering design and high quality materials, Cameron Balloons are subjected to
rigorous pre-release testing, supported by
the fact that Cameron has never had an FAA
Airworthiness Directive, the balloon industry's equivalent of a product safety recall.
Two hot air balloons are currently owned
by Smart. The material they are made of is
“Rip Stop” nylon and the second balloon is
called The Dream Racer. The Dream Racer
has a volume of 70,000 cu. ft. and is 65 feet
tall and is used mainly for competition.
Smart has logged over 1,300 hours in over
1,400 flights during his ballooning career.
Smart also requires a crew of an additional
two to three people who are “trained individuals” to assist with his flights.
Smart has been the top hot air balloon
pilot in the nation and is a five time state
champion in racing competitions. Smart is
also qualified to fly the RE/Max official hot
air balloon. Each state has its own RE/Max
balloon and it is not permitted to leave its
home state.
When someone wants a hot air balloon
ride, Smart begins to ask them questions
and formulate a plan. He asks them what
they would like to see and where they
would like to go. He says where a balloon
is going to end up is crucial to the plan. He
also said scheduling is tough as he must anticipate the passengers schedule, his schedule and the weather. Even when a plan is put
in place, Smart said it is subject to change
at a moment’s notice if the weather or wind
From late spring through the summer
months and into early fall, balloon flights
must be made at sunrise and just before sunset. During these warmer months, the flights
in the mornings must be terminated before
the sun generates thermal turbulence and
the wind speed increases. In the evening
flights cannot be made until the thermal activity has stopped, and the wind speed has
decreased. Landings must be made before
During the late fall, winter and early
spring, flights can take place at various
times of the day. The sun does not generate
thermal turbulence, however, the wind
alone during these months is the dominating
factor due to the rapid movement of weather
frontal activity. Passenger flights do not
take place when the surface winds are forecast to increase above 7 mph as this makes
a landing a “bit more rough.” In passenger
flights the objective is to fly low and slow
to enable passengers to observe the many
sights in detail. According to Smart, “An
ideal speed to fly in a balloon is 5 to 7
Smart explained that one of the biggest
dangers in ballooning is power lines. At
times, he has had to alter his course for
landing because of wind changes or obstructions below. He also explained that the
hotter the air temperature is, the less weight
he can take on the flight. In order to fly with
Smart, he asks that individuals not be over
240 pounds in weight and be able to jump
off of a chair without injuring themselves.
Smart has this requirement in place because
most of the time a balloon lands smoothly,
but every once in a while the balloon will
land a little harder than anticipated and riders must be able to simulate the motion of
jumping off of a chair at landing.
According to Smart, “Flying in a hot air
balloon is unlike any other experience of a
lifetime. From the moment of arriving at the
launch site, the excitement will start to
build. It will continue to build as the hundreds of yards of fabric stretched out on the
ground start to rise and take shape as the inflator fan starts to purr. As the fabric rises,
the beautiful color design on the hot air balloon becomes evident, and its enormous
size, larger than a two story house, rises
above. After, the pilot has completed all preflight safety checks, riders are assisted into
the basket by the flight crew. From that moment on, the experience will live forever in
the rider’s memory. Without a feeling of
motion, the balloon will gently lift above
the trees. Any feeling of fear or sensation of
height a rider may have had quickly disappears as the trees and fields transform into
a pattern like a carpet at the rider’s feet.”
The duties of the flight crew start before
they arrive at the launch site. These duties
include refueling the propane tanks and
loading all items on the inventory check list.
At the launch site, they are responsible for
unloading and layout of the envelope, basket and inflator fan. During the inflation,
each crew member is assigned a specific
task. While performing these tasks they,
along with the pilot, inspect the envelope,
rigging the basket to insure that all equipment is airworthy and safe. They then assist
the passengers in boarding. After the balloon is launched, the flight crew follows the
flight path of the balloon in the chase vehicle. During the entire flight the pilot and
crew are in constant contact via radio. They
keep the pilot advised of any change in surface wind speed and direction, power line
and tower locations and any other information that could be important to the pilot to
insure a safe flight.
Before landing, the pilot will request the
flight crew to evaluate a particular location
as a possible landing site to determine if
there are any hazards at the location he cannot see from his view of approach. When a
suitable site has been selected, the crew
chief contacts the landowner and receives
permission before the landing is made. The
flight crew immediately proceeds to the
landing site and assists the pilot during the
landing if necessary.
Each time Smart’s balloons land safely,
he offers up a toast with his passengers.
This tradition dates back to the days when
celebrating a good balloon landing meant
walking away from it. He also recites The
Ballooner’s Prayer, “The winds have welcomed you with softness. The sun has
blessed you with its warm hands. You’ve
flown so high and so well that God has
joined you in your laughter and set you back
in the loving arms of Mother Earth.”
The first free flight made by a man in a
hot air balloon dates back to November 21,
1783 in Paris, France. Two brothers, Joseph
and Etienne Montgolfier, built the first hot
air balloon when they discovered that a fire
under a bag would cause it to rise in the air.
At first their theory was that the more
smoke and foul odors in the smoke, the
greater the lifting power that fire would
generate. They built fires using straw, wool,
old leather shoes, rotten meat and dead animals to generate good lifting power. Eventually, it was determined that the lifting
power was related to the amount of heat the
fire generated.
Smart loves to fly hot air balloons. He
commented that each time he goes up in a
balloon it feels like his first ride; each flight
is just as exhilarating as the last. To schedule a ride contact Smart at (260) 224-0251.
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Huntington County Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Stefan Poling
Rollo Harter & Poling LLP
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Business of the Month
Kline’s CPA Group
Chairman of the Board Elect
Michael Zahn
First Federal Savings Bank
Kay Schwob
Huntington University
Assistant Treasurer
Ryan Lemon
Novae Corporation
Arthur Daronatsy
Dean Foods
Trace Hinesley
Huntington County Community School
Lori Mickley
Bendix Commercial Vehicle
Systems, LLC
Lee Pasko
iAB Financial Bank
Jeremy Penrod
Mike Perkins
Parkview Huntington Hospital
Steve Petry
W.A. Zimmer Co.
Joe Santa
TrophyCenter Plus
Sandra Seacott
Teachers Credit Union
Adam Stroup
Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance
Randy Warner
Terry L. Reckard CPA
Steve Kimmel
Executive Director
Ellen Prange
Angie Garcia
Office Administrator
Kline’s CPA Group, 2826 Theater Avenue, was chosen as the Business of the Month
for May by the Chamber Ambassadors. The Ambassadors nominated Kline’s CPA
Group because of their long-standing membership and support of the Chamber along
with their many years of serving individuals and businesses in Huntington County.
Shown in the front row, from left, all from Kline’s CPA Group are Brenda Jones, Trent
Wolfe, Brandy Swope, owner; Mark Parker, owner; Audra Uher, Alyssa Hurlburt, Sherry
Ridgeway, Christi Heffelfinger and Rhonda Beaver along with Belinda Clancy, Markle
Health & Rehabilitation and Chamber Ambassador. Back row, from left, are JoDeane
Knowles, TCU; Gene Snowden, Real Living Ness Bros.; Davin Smith, Bowers Brewer
Garrett & Wiley LLP; Paula Whiting, Lake City Bank; Les Graham, Evolv; Misty Harrison, Community Link Federal Credit Union; Michelle Crone, Wells Fargo Bank; Steve
Godfroy, Perfection Wheel and Terry Miller, Real Living Ness Bros. all Chamber Ambassadors. The Chamber would like to congratulate Kline’s CPA Group as being selected as Business of the Month for May.
CME Corporation receives national award
A structure built by CME Corporation of
Fort Wayne, has been honored by Varco
Pruden Buildings, one of the nation’s
largest providers of metal building systems.
CME Corporation has been named to
Varco Pruden’s 2014 Hall of Fame for the
Two EE’s Winery in Roanoke. The 6,000
square foot winery and tasting room was
recognized as the “Best” in the retail category and was designed by Nathan Moore,
AIA, of CME.
The highly competitive Hall of Fame
Awards are presented annually to the independent authorized Varco Pruden builders
whose work reflects outstanding integration
of building systems, products, architectural
appearance, end use and design. With over
1,000 independent builders in the United
Canada, they
are presented
for a range of
retail and municipal projects. “The Hall of
Fame is proof positive that our builders continue to challenge the boundaries by seeking new and innovative ways to prove that
pre-engineered buildings are the system of
choice,” said Chuck Haslebacher, president
of Varco Pruden.
“We are excited to share this recognition
with everyone at Two EE’s who allowed us
to participate in their vision,” said Mark
Hellinger, president of CME. Visit
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Welcome New Members
Fabric and Friends Quilt Shoppe
126 West Second Street, Roanoke, IN 46783
Jimmy’s Barbershop & Shave
1213 South Briant Street, Huntington, IN 46750
Tipton House
A Senior Living Community by Assisted Living Concepts, Inc.
Three students went on to win a $300 scholarship from the
Huntington County Chamber of Commerce. Winning the scholarships this year are front row, from left, Elizabeth Freck, Family
& Consumer Science; Alex Easley, Business and Doyle King, Industrial Technology. Pictured with the students are back row, from
left, Tracey Shafer, superintendent of Huntington County Community School Corporation; Stefan Poling, Rollo Harter & Poling
LLP and chairman of the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce board and Chad Daugherty, principal, Huntington North
High School.
Mindy Muchow
Residence Sales Manager
Office: (260) 356-2028
Cell: (260) 609-0649
Fax: (260) 356-2087
[email protected]
460 Forks Of The Wabash Way
Huntington, IN 46750
Fifteen students honored
on Student Awards Day
The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce held its Student Awards Day on Monday, April 14. The event was held at
the Habecker Dining Commons on the campus of Huntington
University. The winners of the awards and scholarships are selected each year by their teachers. The teachers this year were
Curt Hackney, Dave Blocker and Betsy Motter.
The Chamber honors students each year from 15 different disciplines during its April board meeting. The Chamber also
awards three students with a $300 scholarship. This year the students recognized were Doyle King, CAD Mechanical, sponsored
by PHD; Houston Lehman, Project Lead the Way, sponsored by
Shuttleworth; Alex Riggers, Transportation, sponsored by Bendix Vehicle Systems and Parker Brundige, Manufacturing, sponsored by UTEC.
Also honored were Corbin Clarke, Construction, sponsored
by Builder’s Mart; Daniel Zahm, Vocation Automotive, sponsored ty LKQ- Transwheel; Brooke Lengerich, I.C.E., sponsored
by Schneider Electric/Square D. Co. and Dilan Buuck, Machine
Trades, sponsored by UTEC.
Other students recognized were Kristen Dyson, Accounting,
sponsored by First Federal Savings Bank; Leah Ness, Information Technology, sponsored by Bowers Brewer Garrett & Wiley
LLP; Alex Easley, business, sponsored by Bippus State Bank;
Josi Strange, Early Childhood Education, sponsored by TCU;
Elizabeth Freck, Family & Consumer Science, sponsored by
Kim Haneline of RE/Max Professional Group; Blake Brown,
Family & Consumer Science, sponsored by Huntington University and Lauren McCullough, Health Services, sponsored by
Miller’s Merry Manor.
Thomas E. Carnes, CPA
430 N. Jefferson St., P.O. Box 266
Huntington, IN 46750-0266
[email protected]
Tel: 260.356.8888
Fax: 260.356.8873
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T: 260.436.3878 F: 260.436.7692 C: 260.409.0870
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Dan Stoffel
Ryan Briggs
Business Account Executive
720 Taylor Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Office: 260-409-4473; Fax: 260-458-5256
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Thursday to Saturday, May 1, 2 & 3
Huntington North High School Auditorium
After Hours
Thursday, May 8, 4 to 6 p.m.
Quality Inn (formerly Northview Inn & Suites)
2820 Hotel Avenue
Huntington County Senior EXPO
Thursday, May 22, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Huntington University Fieldhouse
Industrial and Commercial Cleaning
Since 1985
Security Guard and Patrol Service
Since 1962
430 Warren Street
Huntington, IN
(260) 356-4726
Located at 1312 Flaxmill Road
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Wednesday, June 18 through Sunday, June 22
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