Kites and balloons soar at annual Stampede Festival

Published: Sunday, Sept. 1 2013 6:40 p.m. MDT

Pilot Mac McClary prepares his hot air balloon for launch from the Kaysville Ponds Park as part of the Antelope Island Stampede Festival in Kaysville Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

ANTELOPE ISLAND — Davis County's Antelope Island Stampede Festival came to a close Sunday night after three days of kite flying, hot air balloon launches, BMX stunt shows and music.

The annual festival ran from Friday to Sunday, culminating in a performance by Diamond Xperience, a Neil Diamond tribute band. Official attendance numbers were not available Sunday, but the festival's marketing chair Kathi Dysert said organizers were pleased with the turnout.

"The stampede has grown so much," she said. "Car counts are up and the crowds have been steady all weekend long."

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