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Blue skies filled with balloons of every imaginable color. Tell us about a Hot Air or Gas Balloon festival or rally in your area!
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When asked, when was the first manned flight? Most people respond that it was the Wright Brothers in 1903. WRONG! One hundred twenty-three years earlier in 1783 two other brothers, Jacques and Joseph Montgolfier designed and built a hot air balloon in which Pilatre De Rozier and the Marquis d'Arlandes flew out of Paris, France. They flew to a height of 500 feet, traveled 5.5 miles and landed safely. The science, sport, business, and adventure of manned flight was begun.

Ten days later the first gas balloon also flew in France with physicist Jacques Charles at the helm. Gas balloons use lighter than air gas such as methane, ammonia, hyrogen or helium to provide the lift. Because there wasn't a safe and effecient way to carry fire aboard to provide lift for a hot air balloon, gas balloons became the accepted form of flight. The disadvantage with gas balloons is the high cost of the gas which is lost when released after each flight.

In 1960, American Ed Yost experimented with constructed hot air balloons using a propane burner to heat the air inside the balloon. This system was both safe and effecient and created a resurgence in the popularity of hot air ballooning.

Human nature being what it is, it wasn't long before several balloonist got together to have a "Race". Early balloon races usually involved seeing who can fly the farthest from a common starting point. But that makes for a poor spectator sport. Modern balloon "races" are competitions of flying skill to try to fly an unpowered craft with no steering wheel or control surfaces from point A to point B. "Hare and hound races" are the most popular type of event where one balloon (the Hare) takes off first and the other balloons (the Hounds) chase him. The hare lands after a while and lays out a large cloth "X". The hounds now have to try to fly to the X and drop a weighted baggie or marker to record a score.

Balloon festivals or rallies can be found almost everywhere in the world. There are usually several on any given weekend somewhere. Search the web for balloon festivals in your area and go out to join the fun.

A great way to get more enjoyment is to volunteer to help with the rally or to join a chase crew. Festivals are always looking for people to help. You might even get a balloon ride. I try to take my crew up as often as I can. (Disclaimer: Not all pilots are as nice as me but most love to share their sport with others.)

Ballooning is one of the greatest experiences you can have. It is so great that we toast the first timers at the end of each flight with the "Balloonist's Blessing"

The winds have welcomed you with softness.
The sun has blessed you with it's warm hands.
You have flown so high, and so well,
that God has joined you in laughter
and gently set you back again,
into the loving arms of mother earth.




Instructions for Posting a Hot Air Balloon Festivals Waymark:
To qualify for posting, the balloon festival or rally must be an officially organized Hot Air or Gas Ballooning event. These events are typically organized and/or sanctioned by a local ballooning club, local government, or chamber of commerce. There is often an associated website.

To find a local event or to learn more about Hot Air or Gas Ballooning take a look at the Balloon Federation of America's website here: (visit link)

To post a waymark the finder must:

Give the name of the event.
Post the coordinates of the launch field.
Give the city, state/prov, and country.
Post the dates of the event.
Tell us the number of balloons participating.
Tell us who is the organizing club, group, C of C or government.
Post the associated website if available.
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Attend the festival.
Give the name of the event.
Post the coordinates of the launch field.
Give the city, state/prov, and country.
Tell us the number of balloons participating.
Post the associated website if available and/or the organizing group.

Post a picture of yourself with one of the pilots, crew, volunteers, or in front of one of the balloons involved with the rally. (Pilots and crew are usually very approachable and willing to help.)
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DE: Jährlich stattfindendes Heißluftballonfest in der Bonner Rheinaue. EN: Annual hot air balloon festival in the park Rheinaue of Bonn.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Narayan,

location: Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

date approved: 7/8/2017

last visited: 6/16/2018

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Fourth annual balloon festival located in Petrack Park in Pahrump.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member jiggs11

location: Nevada

date approved: 4/10/2017

last visited: never

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There's the 'Europäischen Kulturpark' Bliesbruck-Reinheim, where takes place the annual 'Heißluftballon-Festival', located in Reinheim, Saarland, Germany.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member [somnambulist]

location: Saarland, Germany

date approved: 9/26/2016

last visited: never

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The 25th annual Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic is expected to draw large crowds over the 5 day event. The balloon launch is at the east end of Ann Morrison Park: 1000 Americana Blvd.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters

location: Idaho

date approved: 8/23/2016

last visited: never

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Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon festival in Windsor, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 6/20/2016

last visited: never

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LORRAINE MONDIAL AIR BALLONS® LE PLUS GRAND RASSEMBLEMENT AU MONDE

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member pilouille

location: Grand-Est, France

date approved: 4/10/2015

last visited: 8/10/2015

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The Great Falls Balloon Festival is a hot air balloon festival held in the twin cities of Lewiston, Maine and Auburn, Maine. It has been held annually each August since 1992.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member UMainah

location: Maine

date approved: 11/25/2014

last visited: 8/18/2012

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2014 is the 15th Anniversary of the Flag City BalloonFest located at 1528 S Blanchard St. Findlay, Ohio

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougandSandra

location: Ohio

date approved: 8/8/2014

last visited: never

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2014 is the 20th Anniversary of Cornwall Lift-Off. The primary launch field is in downtown Cornwall in Lamoureux Park between Water Street and the St. Lawrence River near the Cornwall Civic Complex.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member mTn_biKer65

location: Ontario, Canada

date approved: 7/15/2014

last visited: never

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The three-day festival includes a hot-air balloons lifting off every morning and the popular Night Glow Friday evening. There is also a juried art show and sale.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dkestrel

location: Oregon

date approved: 11/27/2013

last visited: 8/28/2011

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The 17th International Hot Air Balloon Festival took place in November 2013, in Fronteira, Alter do Chão, Castelo de Vide e Crato

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member tmob

location: Portalegre, Portugal

date approved: 11/18/2013

last visited: never

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This is th 17th edition of this Festival.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member tofixe

location: Portalegre, Portugal

date approved: 11/12/2013

last visited: never

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Not always as planned....

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DnRseekers

location: Indiana

date approved: 11/8/2013

last visited: 10/26/2013

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BALLOONS IN THE CITY – das ist auch das Motto der 19th SAXONIA INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FIESTA

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member D1k74

location: Sachsen, Germany

date approved: 3/1/2013

last visited: 7/28/2013

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This year it was held at the Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center. 9300 West Sunset Road Las Vegas, NV 89148

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Lord Mot

location: Nevada

date approved: 11/21/2012

last visited: 7/24/2014

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Annual Balloon Fly By at the Clovis Rodeo Grounds.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member fresgo

location: California

date approved: 9/15/2012

last visited: never

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Annual international event in Aug./Sep. for hot air balloons.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member 5erBande

location: Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

date approved: 9/12/2012

last visited: 9/4/2016

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The Great Reno Balloon Race has been operating since 1984. It occurs on the weekend after Labor Day at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in northwest Reno, Nevada.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK

location: Nevada

date approved: 9/8/2012

last visited: 2/14/2016

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This Festival has always been around the 4th of July. This year it is July 03, 2012 & July 04, 2012. The event starts both mornings at 6 A.M.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Toja7

location: Utah

date approved: 6/9/2012

last visited: 7/1/2016

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Un festival haut en couleurs! Le festival de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, est un des plus connu du Québec.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Ourspolaire&Gemeloj

location: Québec, Canada

date approved: 6/2/2012

last visited: 9/2/2018

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The Bristal Balloon festival attracts approx 500,000 visitors during the show's four days - and its absolutely FREE to attend.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: South West England, United Kingdom

date approved: 3/11/2012

last visited: 7/1/2013

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Atraktivní podívaná pod hradem Buchlovem/Spectacle under the castle Buchlov

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Bella

location: Zlínský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 9/15/2011

last visited: 2/18/2013

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Set against the backdrop of the Adirondack Mountains, the Balloon Festival is the oldest and largest festival on the east coast.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member petendot

location: New York

date approved: 7/10/2011

last visited: 5/5/2015

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Sandy City balloon festival runs August 12-13, 2011 from 6:30 - 8:00 am.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Mooroid

location: Utah

date approved: 7/4/2011

last visited: 8/13/2011

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This growing event starts in front of the famous "Spruce Goose".

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member shadow101

location: Oregon

date approved: 10/4/2010

last visited: 8/16/2015

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