Mizumachi Hiroshi--Chairman of Saga International Balloon Festival
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I am very happy to have this opportunity to offer some words on the occassion of the 1999 Saga Balloon Fiesta. Since 1980 this Fiesta has been held in late autumn on the plains of Saga. This year we celebrate the occasion of the 20th Balloon Fiesta.

Commerating this year as the 20th Saga Balloon Fiesta, I hope that the competitors and spectators will enjoy a fun Balloon Fiesta by the wonderfully maintained Kase river. I would like to thank the sponsors, volunteers and everyone else that have worked so hard to prepare for this event. I hope everyone has a wonderful time at this years International Balloon Fiesta.

I look forward to some great flights from all of the 120 teams that are participating this year from around the world. Also I would like to express thanks from the sponsors to all the people of Saga for their cooperation in the taking off and landing of the balloons.

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