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Friday, August 4th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

The Gatesway Balloon Festival has Green Country looking to the skies once again for a raft of lighter than air beauties. Creativity abounds, and the themes range from classic to commercial. Here's a press release from the owners of the world's largest hot-air balloon, the Energizer Bunny.

The Energizer Bunny, recently named one of the Top 5 Advertising Icons of the Century, keeps going ...and going ...and going ...more than ten years after his introduction as a symbol of long-lasting Energizer brand batteries. He has become a cultural icon as the ultimate symbol of longevity, perseverance and determination. Every month, news items appear across the country comparing everyone and everything to the powerhouse hare. Some recent comparisons include: the economy, Elizabeth Taylor, Cher, Brett Favre, Tom Jones, Cal Ripken, Jr., Evander Holyfield, Dick Clark, Patrick Ewing and the musical, "Grease."

The Energizer Bunny parody campaign started in October, 1989. Since then, he has starred in more than 115 advertising spots. On September 18, 1994, the Energizer Bunny Hot "Hare" Balloon I made its maiden voyage by leading a hare-and-hounds race at the 215` annual Great Forest Park Balloon Race in St. Louis. The Energizer Bunny Hot "Hare" Balloon II debuted in spring of 1999.

Hot "Hare" Balloon Statistics
Total Height166' (15 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty)
Ears60' tall (His ears are as tall as the Presidents' faces on Mt. Rushmore and the height of an entire average-sized round hot air balloon.)
Head30' wide x 45' long
Glasses32' wide
Drum45' diameter, 20' wide
Nose16' wide 32' wide
Arms40' long
Tail 20' diameter
Shoe Size98 EEEEE
Volume180,000 cu. ft. (550 million AA batteries would fit inside the Bunny, which would generate 8,250,000 watts of power, which would provide enough juice for each American to use a portable CD player or for one portable CD player to run continuously for 150,000 years.)
Balloon Weight1,170 lbs. (The same weight as 4,680 "D" batteries, which would power 2,340 flashlights or a portable stereo continuously for 9 mo.)
Dbl. Burner Output30,000,000 BTU/hour
Fabric5,000 linear yards, 60' wide
Thread84 miles