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Balloon Rally draws 20,000 more people than last year


by Cami Mountain

WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Organizers say the 7th annual Balloon Rally and Glow drew more people  than ever before.

Between 60,000 and 65,000 people came to the Wausau Downtown Airport and 400 block.

That number is up from 40,000 visitors last year.

Organizers say it's bound to grow even bigger next year because rib vendors are already talking about coming back and bringing more vendors with them.

Leah Alters, Wausau Area Events says, "There was another show going on in Illinois. 8 ribbers were on the phone talking to our ribbers, talking about how they were doing and we probably have a few phone messages at the office saying, 'Hey, can we get in on the show?' So, we're very excited. We know this event is going to get better and expand as we move forward."

Alters says planning for next years event starts in just a few days.

Online Reporter:  Cami Mountain

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