A long time Balloon Fiesta volunteer, Doyle Caton, gives us an inside look at what it’s like to be a part of the event for over 30 years.
How long have you volunteered for Balloon Fiesta?
This will be my 37th year volunteering with the Balloon Fiesta.
In what capacities (or which committees) have you served?
I began volunteering with Balloon Fiesta as a chase crew member, then I went on to help with transportation; helping to load the buses and for the past 14 years I have been volunteering my time with the media committee.
What’s your favorite part of the Balloon Fiesta?
Getting to connect with exciting people every year. For instance, getting to crew (in 1979) with Ed Yost (who is referred to as the “Father of the Modern Day Hot-Air Balloon) for Joe Kittinger’s balloon. At the time I was familiar with who the both of them were, so it was really exciting when I got to work with and get to know them on a personal level.
Why do you continue to come back year after year?
It’s like an old reunion, getting to visit with friends from around the world year after year is the best!
Do you have a favorite balloon?
I don’t have a favorite, but the balloon I enjoyed crewing for the most was the Rosie O’Grady gas balloon in 1979.