Zero red balloons

Pellissippi State Community College has canceled its annual Hot Air Balloon Festival, according to The Knoxville News Sentinel.

President Allen Edwards told faculty and staff in an email today about the decision to stop the popular festival, but said the school had informed the balloon pilots three to four months ago that it was unlikely to continue.

"We certainly have mixed feelings about it," Edwards said. "It was terrific, but when you have traffic backed up for miles on the Pellissippi Parkway, and can't get in because it's too crowded and rain is threatening, it's not a very good feeling. We loved it, but it had outgrown us."

The festival, which was a fundraiser for the school's foundation, ran for seven years and was typically held in late September.

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