Updated: 02/07/2014 10:03 AM
Created: 02/05/2014 9:51 PM KSTP.com
By: Tim Sherno
The 25th Annual Hudson Hot Air Affair will be held this weekend, and organizers say they will make every effort to be sensitive to the local propane crisis and conserve as much as possible.
Event coordinator Carla Timmerman says none of the propane used this weekend would have been available for local home needs, "We don't want to use propane that could be used for home heating. All the pilots do come to town with full tanks and they come from as far away as Nebraska this year."
Ann Jacobs is owner of Stillwater Balloons. She says the same weather that's causing concern for propane supplies is also responsible for lower propane use by balloon pilots who use propane to heat the air inside the balloon, "The average flight in the winter will cut our fuel consumption by half."
Organizers have asked for help from the general public by encouraging spectators at the Torchlight Parade to bring flashlights and glow sticks to the parade route, "Just to light up the street during the parade Friday evening."