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37th Annual Walla Walla Balloon Stampede Kicks off Friday

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WALLA WALLA, Wash.-  Dozens of people went to the Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center for a sneak peak of what is to come this weekend.

"When balloons are going up your like little kids. Everyone even the pilots are little kids. It doesn't matter what your age is it's still a spectacular sight," says pilot Cheri White.

10 balloons launched Thursday morning, but it was just a small sample of what it will be like this weekend at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds.

The 37th Annual Balloon stampede kicks off 6:30 Friday morning and is expected to bring in over 30,000 people.

"It drives in tons of revenue to our community. All our hotels and restaurants are filled. It's a definite bonus for Walla Walla to have this event," says Susan Schaefer of the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds.

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