One of the things on our Bucket List is to attend the Labor Day Lift. It’s a three-day hot air balloon festival. I wanted to go see the balloons take off and float around but they do the lift off at 7 am. That is early. I mean, Piglet gets up for school at 610 so on his first day of the weekend, I didn’t want him to have to wake up early and I’m (very) pregnant so I didn’t want to wake up early either. Looking at the schedule, I saw there is a Balloon Glow in the evening. We decided to go for dinner and the Glow instead. Maybe next year we’ll check out the Lift Off portion.
Prior to the Glow starting, we played at the park nearby and then checked out the food trucks. I was able to get some Mexican food and the kids had hot dogs. I really appreciate the options for food that is gluten free in this city. While we were sitting down, the local news station was handing out frisbees and balls and we scored a couple balls. The kids played with them while we waited for the balloons to be inflated and the sun to go down. Behind us, the Re/Max balloon blew up. It was so cool. We were so close! Once all the balloons started to get inflated, it got warm all around us. They aren’t joking when they call these hot air balloons.
We were right in front of the Fiesta balloon. Partway through them inflating it, we were asked to move back because the balloon was going crazy. It actually fell on top of Mac and me and I just pictured us dying by suffocation. The older kids took off running but Mac was in the stroller and the break was on so I dragged it up a hill. It was terrifying.
Once it got dark, the announcer had us do several countdowns and the balloons would glow or fire on and off. It was cool. It blew the kid’s mind. I thought that the balloons would float but it was dark and that’s apparently dangerous so they just all stayed on the grounds but it was cool to see nearly 70 balloons glowing all around us. Once it was over, we packed up the kids and walked back to our car. I must say, this was a very organized event. You know how when you go to an event and it takes longer to leave than the actual event? Yeah, super annoying but this was very organized and we were out of the area in about 10 minutes.
This was a really cool event. If you’re ever in a position to see a hot air balloon festival, you totally should. I am amazed by them and I want to take a ride in one. Although Hubs says no, he’s too scared. I have previously convinced him to ride in a tiny helicopter and tiny airplane though so I’m going to keep working on him. 😉 Have you ever ridden in one? Was it fun?