New York State Festival of Balloons

Quick post about a happy day! My mama and I drove upstate for a ladies weekend over labor day and made it all the way to Dansville for the New York State Festival of Balloons. Back in 2012 I was lucky enough to go on a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia, Turkey but this was equally special. I have been seeing ads for this festival on the New York City subway for years, so I was very excited to finally witness it!

The festival happens every year over labor day weekend (first weekend of September). It is very dependent on weather, and as much as they try as hard as they can to lift off, they really can't if it's, say, windy. Even if, say, you don't think it is that windy. We got there Friday evening in time for the 6pm launch, but due to the wind they delayed until it was determined that conditions were unsuitable for a launch. However the hot air balloons were still blown up and put on display! The next morning we woke up at 5am to get to the 6am launch....which actually happened at 8am (yes we slept in the car!) and was a sight for happy, sleep eyes =)

Friday's 6pm Launch


Mama had never seen hot air balloons!




Saturday's 6am Launch




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