The Great Falls Balloon Festival starts tomorrow in Lewiston. Last year, the team traveled to the festival for the 6 p.m. balloon launch. We arrived about an hour early and set up lawn chairs in Railroad Park. Grandma Cookie Potato offered to stay with the chairs (and CP#2, who was fast asleep in his stroller), while CP#1 and MP checked out the festival grounds.
There are all the things you might expect, fair food, an Elton John cover band, pony rides, and vendors selling all manner of goods. But what MP and CP#1 really loved was the chance to walk inside a hot air balloon that was purposefully tipped to one side. Entrance inside the balloon cost $1 each. We spent some time sitting on the balloon floor, taking in its size and beautiful colors.
We returned to our chairs to find CP#2 and Grandma Cookie munching on kettle corn. To our surprise, a team of balloon handlers began launching their balloon right in front of us. MP and CP#1 put our hands out and touched the balloon as it filled with air. All of us were amazed by the heat of the burner and how quickly the balloon rose towards the sky.
A family sitting nearby recommended coming for the morning launches that happen at 6 a.m. Our team likes to sleep in on the weekend, but someday, we might pack juice, coffee and pastries to see the balloons take to the skies. For now, we’re willing to brave the crowds, and watch some amazing balloons fly over Lewiston/Auburn.
Great Falls Balloon Festival
August 19-21, 2011
FMI on this weekend’s Great Falls Balloon Festival and launch times, visit here.