Golf Balls Drop From The Sky In Chiang Mai

The club's second big fundraising event of the season had it's ups and downs this past weekend: Patty Schulze and Christian Bollier went up, and nearly 500 golf balls came down around 5:30 p.m. Saturday as hundreds of balloon festival visitors looked on. The midday heat had kept many folks away during the early part of the afternoon, but by 4p.m. families were strolling the Payap grounds sampling the food, drinks and sales goods from more than 60 tents encircling the balloons. Many stopped at the CMIRC tent to toss an American football or blow bubbles and ask questions about "Route 66."

Patty Schulze demonstrating her football throwing form for visitors at the CMIRC tent.

Nancy and Roger Lindley take a break from all of the craziness of setting up tables and selling tickets.

The winning ball turned out to have been one of club member Bill Mason's, who's been under the weather with health issues and couldn't make the event. David Shumber took the 10,000 baht second prize. Annelies Yokyama (pictured above with club treasurer John Schorr) won the 5,000 baht third prize.

Once the sun was down, the balloons went up, much to the delight of the happy onlookers.