Becky Wigeland is in one of the best-kept secrets in the state of Iowa - she is the curator of the National Hot Air Balloon Museum.
According to Wigeland
, few people know about the museum, despite its existence for over 20 years.
"We have been around a long time," said Wigeland
."Even people in Des Moines haven't heard of us."
After the National Balloon Championships came to Indianola in 1970, the Balloon Federation of America
began to gather balloon related items for Indianola.It was the early stages of the museum.
"The first few years all (the BFA) did was they had it in boxes," said Wigeland
"We are three different organizations," said Wigeland
The museum has a wide variety of features and according to Wigeland
, it is a wonderful destination for families because it hosts activities for children.
"We have a children's learning area and we have a book basket that children can lay in and read books about balloons," said Wigeland
has hopes that the guests take an interest in ballooning and learn about the thrill of balloon riding.
"I love balloons and I love history and I like people," said Wigeland
."All those come together.