Brothers in balloons

Two more balloons — piloted by brothers — have joined the lineup for the Duluth Hot Air Balloon Festival, event organizers announced this week.

Sunny Daze is a 120,000-cubic-foot balloon piloted by Mark Spanier of Webster, Minn. Oh! Zone is a 90,000-cubic-foot balloon owned by Tom Spanier, of Corcoran, Minn. Tom Spanier has been involved in ballooning for about four years and received much of his training from brother Mark.

The addition of the two balloons brings to seven the number of balloons confirmed for the Sept. 20-22 festival at Bayfront Festival Park.

“Our goal is to secure 10-12 for the first-year event,” festival founder Ryan Kern said in a news release.

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