There are certain events that happen every year that I seem to forget about until I see everyone and their mother checking in to on social media. One of those is the Fruit Beer Festival, which we went to a few weeks ago, and the other is the Hot Air Balloon Festival. Each year, a few towns over hosts a Hot Air Balloon festival. Like any other festival there's always your carni-food and rides, but this one also has hot air balloons to ride in, or just walk around and take pictures of (which is my preference since I'm also afraid of heights). I have memories of my father and I going to a festival like this in NY when I was younger, so it's fun to experience this now and be able to remember it a bit more vividly.
I'm not sure what I was expecting the first time we decided to stop by. In my picture taking brain, I figured you either wanted to be there at sunrise or after sunset, because those times would make the best pictures of these huge balloons floating through the air. Well apparently, that's not really how it works. So you can imagine my disappointment when I realized that if you go at night, they don't really fill up with hot air and fly away. I mean they do fill up with hot air and make amazing pictures, but they do that while being tied down with lots of large ropes. So I guess my
Getting a balloon filled & upright
Either way, the views and beauty of these balloons is awesome. I'm sure there are festivals like this all over the country, and if you have one near you, I definitely recommend attending! So what other awesome summer festivals or activities should I make sure to pencil in to my calendar? What are your favorite summer attractions?