By Jeff Rebitski, Staff Writer

Riverton – We have a winner!  The raffle winner for the Cloud Kisser Memorial Raffle is Julia Haines from Driggs, ID.   Congratulations to Julia for winning the Memorial Raffle for Cloud Kisser II. Julia has crewed for and flown in the retired Cloud Kisser II balloon when it was in the Teton Valley Balloon Rally in Driggs, ID.    

Julia planned to stop in Riverton to collect her winnings on July 9 along with her hot air balloon ride if the weather cooperates. However, in ballooning, everything is always up in the air!      

The Riverton Rendezvous Balloon Committee would like to thank everyone who supported the raffle and logo sponsorships on the balloon trailers to successfully meet their goal of purchasing a new envelope.  The new balloon envelope (Cloud Kisser V) should be completed and in Riverton sometime this fall. 

Pat Newlin is the pilot of the Cloud Kisser Franchise of balloons and looks forward to representing this community for many years to come. Always at local events to provide support, Pat is a fixture in this community. So many individuals, businesses, and civic organizations helped to reach the goal to continue the tradition of pride in our city and county. Riverton can be proud of their efforts and can look forward to seeing the Cloud Kisser V soaring over the community.