But how close have you ever gotten to one during the launch process?
At this weekend's Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally, in Binghamton, New York, you could get close to the balloons, and watch the entire process from the time the trailer is unloaded, until the balloon is up in the air. This is a Spiedie Fest tradition, the closeness to the process, and one that we cherish, no matter how big the Spiedie Fest has gotten from its start some 29 years ago.
It's amazing how quickly they can set up and launch. They are used to last minute decisions, as a launch on an otherwise sunny day can be ruined by wind.
First come the trailers that carry the balloons. I love the advertising on the side and back.
Watching balloons launch - what a way to spend a beautiful summer late afternoon. The Spiedie Fest is well worth your trip next August to the Binghamton, New York area. Remember this: first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in August.
Have you ever been to a hot air balloon festival?