Balloon Festivals Around the Country for a Day or Weekend

The oldest form of successfully taking people from one place to another is the hot air balloon. The very first balloon was made by the Montgolfier brothers in 1783. The first passengers were not people, but animals. A duck, a rooster, and a sheep were the very first to fly in a hot air balloon. It was a demonstration and flew only 480 meters. The first human to fly was Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier and the balloon was attached to the ground. Marquis Francois d’Arlandes and Pilatre de Rozier took the first free flight in November 1783.

Many people travel a long distance to partake in a balloon festival. Not only the people who are excited about the ride, but the pilots, grounds people, sightseers, and those that may set up booths on the ground, all travel to different balloon festivals each year. The public can join in on activities like races and watch the “night glows”, which is when the pilots light up the balloons while still being tethered to the ground. The public can also have rides in the balloons.

Some of the festivals have special shaped balloons. The non-traditional balloons are launched all at the same time. The most …