Balloon Glow at the Fair Grounds
Topic: Events & Festivals
We got a great tip from our neighbors; last night dozens of hot air balloons were set up and displayed for the public at an event called the "Balloon Glow".
This morning, these same balloons raced to Greenwood (maybe Greenfield?).
We got there early to see the pilots and their crew set up their balloons.
The first balloon inflated was advertising the event's sponsor. There were frequent warnings NOT to smoke around the balloons.
It was impressive to see the balloons airing up. Here, you can see about 2/3's the way down one of the lines. There were two lines of balloons.
To air up the balloons, a crew would use fans to partially inflate them. Once the balloons were about 60-70% inflated, they would fire up the burners. The flame from the burners was actually much larger than what you see here.
This was one of the more interesting designs:
As it started to get dark, you could see the glow of the balloons:
Another interesting balloon after the sun started to go down:
After years of having their catch phrase burnt into my subconscious, I couldn't help but smile when I saw this one:
And finally, this is what we were surrounded by after it was dark:
If you're interested in seeing a 'glow' or a race, check out the upcoming events for the Montgolfier Society of Indiana. They are the state's (only?) hot air balloon club.
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