The Colorado Balloon Classic is leaving Colorado Springs after more than three decades.
Organizers made the announcement Friday that 2014 will be the 38th and final year for the popular event in the Springs.
In a press release, organizers cite politics within the city, including "increasingly rigid" special events procedures and an "onerous" city sponsorship application, for the departure.
The parent company, Colorado Springs Balloon Classic, Inc., and the local company, Colorado Balloon Classic, are debt-free and will continue organizing events outside of Colorado Springs, according to the release.
KRDO NewsChannel 13 is sponsoring this year's event, which takes place Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30 - Sept. 1.
The City of Colorado Springs posted the following response to the news on its Facebook page Friday evening:
|The City of Colorado Springs has always been a proud and enthusiastic supporter of this spectacular annual event. The City has not heard from the Balloon Classic regarding their plans for 2015 and was surprised to see their August 15 statement saying they will not hold their 2015 event in Colorado Springs.|
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