This year I headed to the balloon launch the first day of the festival. I've seen these hot air balloons fly over, and near my house every year they have managed to lift off (they are weather sensitive). This is the first year I watched the launch. It was awesome to watch the balloons fill up with air, and lift off one at a time. They have 60 balloons participating this year, and the first 30 launched at 6 after sky divers opened up the festivities, and then the next 30 headed in and began filling up for the balloon glow. I didn't capture nearly all of the balloons, but I got a few shots. My favorite balloons include a pirate, a tree from the rain forest, a daisy, a dinosaur, and a panda bear. You never know what you are going to see! They do large launches twice a day all weekend, and a balloon glow in the evening. They have booths, and games, and entertainment out in the fields, it's fabulous! You can also purchase rides...I think I can go to the rest of my life without feeling a desire to go UP in a balloon, but they sure are fun to watch!