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The Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival in Quebec, Canada, announced that this year's Jean Boileau Award will be presented posthumously to Walter Grishkot.

The award, established in 2007, is presented annually to honor the efforts of a pilot, volunteer or organizing committee member.

Grishkot, who died in May at the age of 85, was co-founder and longtime organizer of the Adirondack Balloon Festival, held annually in Warren County.

He also was involved in many other balloon festival over the years, including the festival in Quebec.

Grishkot, through his contacts in ballooning, helped bring special-shape balloons to the Quebec festival. And back in the 1990s, he proposed the idea of an annual Canada-United States Race, which evolved into The Intercontinental Race.

"Walter was the most Gatinous American," Boileau said in a press release.

Bolieau and Alain Fredette, president of the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival, will travel in Warren County to present the award on Sept. 25 at the Adirondack Balloon Festival.

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