Les Nessman "turkey" drop planned for early Thursday
DANVILLE — The Danville Balloon Group plans to fly more than a dozen hot air balloons this morning in its 14th Annual "Les Nessman" Memorial Turkey Drop just west of Danville.
If morning wind speeds stay low, then Danville-area residents should awake to see hot air balloons filling the sky west of the city.
The turkey drop, scheduled to begin at 6:45 a.m., is a tribute to an episode of the television show "WKRP in Cincinnati" in which news director Les Nessman gives a radio play-by-play of turkeys being dropped "like sacks of concrete" onto a parking lot in a radio promotion.
Event organizers said the flying portion is subject to good weather, specifically winds less than 10 miles per hour, good visibility and no precipitation.
Hot-air balloon pilots will gather at the Carlton Farm on Old Ottawa Road west of Danville where they will receive a weather briefing, and a target will be selected. Balloon pilots will launch from a safe spot and navigate to the target, dropping their "turkey" onto a large "x" on the ground. The turkeys will actually be rubber chickens. Organizers are expecting more than a dozen hot air balloons to participate in the event.