Balloon Classic photo contest deadline nears

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More than 230,000 people turned out for this year’s Colorado Balloon Classic and organizers are betting there are just as many photos.

Record crowds visited the Colorado Balloon Classic, an annual hot-air balloon event held during Labor Day weekend, said Heather Davis Benavidez, event organizer.

Now, balloon classic organizers are collecting the best photos of the colorful balloons for the 24th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic photo contest. The deadline to enter is Oct. 1.

This year the contest adds a video category, both edited and unedited, and new divisions in the photo contest including balloon glow, best cell phone photo, and splash and dash.

Send entrees to www.balloonclassic.com. There is a $3 entry fee for each photo and a $5 entry fee for each video.

Finalists will be notified of their winning entries in November and be invited to a ceremony, where prizes will be awarded. The Grand Prize winner will receive a free balloon ride in the 2013 Colorado Balloon Classic.

Check out previous year’s winners.