Mayor John Suthers presented a Spirit of the Springs Celebration Award to Richard “Dewey” Reinhard on Monday, Sept. 26 in recognition of his contributions to our community.
“If you’ve ever enjoyed hot air balloons in Colorado Springs, you have Dewey Reinhard to thank,” said Mayor John Suthers. “We are grateful that he started a lasting tradition here in Colorado Springs that brings great joy to participants and great benefit to our city.”
Reinhard was born in Pueblo in 1930 and graduated from Colorado Springs High School in 1948. He attended college in Colorado before serving in the Navy. Reinhard owned several businesses throughout his career and became interested in ballooning in the 1970s. He has earned various ballooning titles and awards. He founded the Ballooning Society of Pikes Peak and was inducted into the United States Ballooning Hall of Fame in 2011.