News and Tribune

Clark County

April 28, 2013

French Lick Resort pilot wins Great Balloon Race

LOUISVILLE —

Twenty-seven hot air balloons took off from Bowman Field in Louisville Saturday morning for the Kentucky Derby Festival’s 41st annual U.S. Bank Great Balloon Race. But when it was all said and done, only one balloon and its pilot could be declared the official winner of the race. 

This year it was pilot Jerry Copas who guided his French Lick Resort balloon the closest to the “X” and claimed first place in the Great Balloon Race.

Copas, who was featured in an article in The News and Tribune last week,  landed his bag of Bluegrass Seed just one foot, two inches away from the targeted spot in Saturday’s race. The next closest pilot was three feet, seven inches away from the mark. 

Copas has flown balloons for corporate advertising campaigns for 33 years and competed in the Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Race for 27. 

Copas told The News anad Tribune for a story last week that it was the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Great Balloon Race that really sparked his interest in ballooning. 

“I was a kid, about 10 or 11 years old. They first brought the hot air balloons to Louisville to do the race the first time that year.”

He earned his pilot’s license at 18 and has been flying ever since. 

If you missed the April 24 News and Tribune story about Copas, you can read it online at newsandtribune.com.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints

LOCAL MAGAZINES
Easter 2014 photos


Click on any photo to purchase it.

LOCAL STATISTICS
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe
2013 Photos of the year


Take a look at our most memorable photos from 2013.