Hot Air Balloon Festival is held around the world in different variations to show global fascination for hot air balloons. Each festival has unique ways of celebrating it which include rides, races, evening night glows and many others.

Hot Air Balloons- What Are They?

Hot air balloons are composed of large vessel, fabric and basket. This large fabric allows space for heated air which thus causes it to ascend. The basket supports the passengers as well as some loads. The wind directs the balloon’s flight.

Hot air balloons come with a variety of colors, shapes and sizes.

Hot Air Balloon Festivals

Hot Air Balloon Festivals can only be fully appreciated if experienced from different angles and cultures. The following celebrations offer you fascinating facets about hot air balloon festivals.

CanberraCanberra Balloon Spectacular 2014

Canberra Balloon Spectacular 2014 is a weeklong celebration that will begin its celebration on a Saturday and end on a Sunday. For 2014, it will start on March 8 to March 16.

Formerly called Canberra Balloon Festival, Canberra Balloon Spectacular is Australia’s hot air balloon festival. This festival occurs at the old Parliament House of Canberra, Australia from March 9 – 17. It features around 50 hot air balloons hovering at dawn from the Old Parliament’s House forecourt to Canberra’s distinctive tourist spots. These balloons eventually assume into different shapes, sizes and colors. Some examples of these are a windmill, Van Gogh’s head, a Scottish bagpiper and many others.

See: wikipedia

Philippine : Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2014

Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta will start on a Thursday and ends on a Sunday. Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2014’s possible dates are February 6-9 or 13-16, 2014

Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta which started at 1994, is celebrated usually every second week of February. It is held at the Philippines specifically at Omni Aviation Complex in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga. This festival is participated by more than a hundred balloon pilots worldwide. It also has an array of activities such as kite-making and choreographed kite-flying, skydiving, remote-control airplane and helicopter flying exhibitions. The list goes on, which is precisely the reason why it is considered the Philippines’ greatest aviation sports event and an event visited locally and internationally by an estimate of 60,000 individuals.

See: philippines,  wikipedia

Mississippi: Great Mississippi River Balloon Race 2014

Annually, the Great Mississippi River Balloon Race is celebrated every third weekend of October. 2014’s Great Mississippi River Balloon Race will be celebrated from Friday to Sunday, from October 17-19.

This festival is primarily celebrated on the grounds of Rosalie Mansion, corner Canal St. and D.A. Biglane St. of Mississippi. It is one of Mississippi’s aniticpated festival filled with balloon flights, balloon fly over maneuvered by pilots, music feast and balloon glows.

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New Jersey: Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning 2014

Quick Check New Jersey Festival 2014 will be celebrated on a three days weekend starting from Friday to Saturday, July 25th– 27th.

Sponsored by Quick Chek Food Stores, Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning is celebrated by people in New Jersey since 1983. This festival is held annually at the third Friday of July and ends on Sunday. It is consistently held at Readington Township, New Jersey. This event is composed of music concerts, food and fireworks. It is collaborated with roughly fifty corporations. A portion of the festival’s gathered funds goes to Children Miracle Network.

See: wikipedia

Texas – North Texas: The Sky’s The Limit Balloon Spectacular 2014

Celebrated every second full weekend of September, The Sky’s the Limit Balloon Spectacular 2014 will be celebrated from Friday to Sunday, September 5-7.

This festival was initiated by North Texas Medical Center Foundation. With the aim of raising funds for the benefits of patients of North Texas Medical Center, some activities include balloon flights, concerts, tethered rides and many others.

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You should know about Hot Air Balloons  

  1. Jacques Montgolfier and Etienne Montgolfier were the brothers who invented the hot air balloon. They discovered it at Annonay France. It was created to prove that humans can still breathe even at a highly elevated area.
  2. Do you think humans were the hot air balloon’s first passengers? Interestingly, the first hot air balloon passengers, which happened last September 9, 1783 were a sheep, duck and a chicken.
  3. Finally on November 21, 1783, humans took flight using a hot air balloon. Jean-François Pilatre de Rozier and François Laurent d’Arlandes, a physics professor and an infantry major respectively, were granted by the Montgolfier brothers of this flight.
  4. The youngest female who is qualified to be a hot air balloon pilot is Milli Kalstrom. She is from United Kingdom. She was allowed to maneuver a hot air balloon last 2010, on her 17th birthday.
  5. Balloon flights are a no-no come rainfall. The rainwater can cause the heat from the balloon to reach a boiling temperature which then tears down the balloon fabric.