Flag City BalloonFest Photography 2011 in Findlay, OH


This past weekend, I had the privilege of having my parents up for a visit.   It’s always good to see them, and recently, my dad has been asking for some tutorials in photography.  It worked out that the week they came to visit, the Flag City Balloon Festival in Findlay was going on. 

So my dad and I got up early Friday morning to check out the media event where the balloons would take flight for the first time right around 7 a.m.  Neither of us had been to a balloon festival or show of any sorts, so it was a pretty amazing event to witness. 

What was impressive was the sheer size of these balloons.  Each of the owners would begin by laying out the massive structures on the grass and then blowing fans of air into them to open them up.

After they were partially blown up, they would turn on the torches to send in the hot air and make them take flight.  Once they got started, it didn’t take long to finish.

It really was a beautiful sight to see.  During the evening hours, we all went back to see another balloon flight and the “Grand Illumination” of all of the balloons.  It was pretty spectacular with all of the colors across the sky and then the fabrics of the balloons lighting up as it got dark.

This is definitely an event I’d like to attend again :)  In case you’re interested in the history of hot air balloons, click here.