Created: 10/07/2013 6:34 PM
By: Kim Tobin, KOB Eyewitness News 4
The 42nd Annual International Balloon Fiesta has had three successful days so far. But flying a balloon doesn't come cheap. On Monday an event at the park attracted balloonists from all over, hoping to score a bargain on the expensive equipment.
"I got a fan, an inflator fan for my balloon for $200," said Andy Roesch.
A balloon setup can cost upwards of a million dollars depending on the shape and size.
It's a hobby for some, a sport for others and a business for Ken Tadolini.
"I would love to go home with this trailer empty, maybe even go home without the trailer," Tadolini said.
Tadolini was selling a complete balloon setup for $4,000. He bought the setup in 1996 for $42,000.
A lot of people were at the event looking for the smaller pieces that keep their balloons running.
"It's just like having a new or used car," said Jon Pata. "It depends on what bells and whistles you want to get and it depends on the upgrades and really how you take care of it."
No matter the cost, some balloonists say it's worth the money because taking off into the sky in a balloon is like nothing else.
"It's such a neat sport, that you can get people involved in something they will never do again," Tadolini said.