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Gesa's sponsorship prompts balloon stampede name change

Gesa Credit Union is the title sponsor of the 36th annual Walla Walla Balloon Stampede.

It’s the first ever title sponsor, the credit union announced today, May 5.

As part of the deal, the event’s name will change to Walla Walla Balloon Stampede Presented by Gesa Credit Union.

Christina Brown, President and CEO of Gesa, said ”Gesa Credit Union is involved because, like the Balloon Stampede, we also have deep roots in this community and value positive family experiences.”

The theme of this year’s program is “Lighting up the Skies.” Festivities begin Thursday, May 6, and run through Sunday, May 9, at the Walla Walla fairgrounds.

— Pratik Joshi: 582-1541;; Business Beat blog at

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