RE/MAX balloon pilot Kevin Poeppelman talks about the seven-story hot-air balloon with students, teachers and staff members at Redbud Run Elementary School on Friday. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)
Redbud Run Principal Angie White waves to the students 75 feet below as she and Shari Whitacre, a Redbud Run instructional assistant, take a brief ride in the tethered hot-air balloon.
Elizabeth Kreush, a kindergartner at Redbud Run Elementary School, holds her hands over her ears as RE/MAX hot air balloon pilot Kevin Poeppelman turns on the propane burners during a demonstration at the school on Friday. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)
Students at Redbud Run got to ask questions of hot-air balloon pilot Kevin Poeppelman, who showed the children how one works. A few lucky teachers and staff members even took tethered rides in the aircraft.
Hundreds of students cheered — while some looked up in open-mouthed wonder — as a hot-air balloon lifted off on Friday morning.