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Foley Hot Air Balloon Festival now a thing of the past

One of the favorite events on the Gulf Coast has been grounded.

The annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival in Foley is now a thing of the past.
   
South Baldwin Chamber President Donna Watts says there are several reasons the board decided to end the festival.

The Chamber is blaming rising insurance premiums, fewer pilots, and low attendance.    
   
She also says there have been several balloon accidents around the world in recent years, and those risks are becoming too concerning.