Morning News-Lisa Lete
A local fireman prepares to drop bags full of Ping Pong balls from the fire truck to a waiting crowd at Jensen Grove Park Saturday evening. The group was expecting the balls to be dropped from an airplane as one of the traditional Blackfoot Pride Days activities. However, an evening storm caused the cancellation of the flight for safety reasons.
An evening storm that moved through the area Saturday evening botched up the traditional Blackfoot Pride Days Ping Pong ball drop.
The highly anticipated event drew hundreds to Jensen Grove Park as they waited for an airplane to fly over and drop approximately 4,000 Ping Pong balls, all worth a prize.
However, when the storm started brewing, bringing winds and rain, Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue and Pride Days coordinator Aaron Moon made the call to bring in a backup plan.
"We wanted to do something for the people who have been waiting and looking forward to this event," Moon said. "But it's just too dangerous for the plane to fly so low in this wind."
Virtue announced to the waiting crowd that just some of the balls would be dropped and that the rest would be saved and dropped from an airplane (weather permitting) on July 20 in conjunction with the Chamber Triathlon.
Moon encourages everyone to come back for "Part 2 " of the Ping Pong ball drop as there are still many good prizes to be claimed off the balls.
"Every ball is worth something, at least a piece of candy," Moon said. "Some of the bigger prizes include a body board from Revolution Manufacturing and gift certificates up to $100 from local businesses."