Shakespeare\'s Pizza South Offers Free Hot Air Balloon Rides for Grand Opening

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COLUMBIA- Shakespeare's Pizza South offered free tethered hot air balloon rides Monday evening from 6-8 p.m. The hot air balloon ride was a continuation from Friday's grand opening. Due to bad weather, the free rides did not take place then.

"It was a part of their grand opening but we kind of had some rain, finally," said balloon operator, Vicki Fogue. "We were thankful for the rain but it really made it difficult for balloons to go up that night, so this is kind of the left over from the grand opening and we are still out here celebrating."

About 100 people, including toddlers to adults, participated in the free rides. The balloon rose at least 40 feet in the air. The ride lasted about five minutes and two people were able to ride at a time. 

Shakespeare's Pizza South opened for the first time on July 25, 2012. It is located on Peachtree Drive.