These are a few pics of the Dawn Patrol. They launch these balloons earlier than everything else so the other balloonists can get an idea of the prevailing winds. They are really pretty lit up in the sky.
There are tons of people and a very festive atmosphere even as the sun is rising. Lots of schools have field trips for their kids on this day because of the prevalence of the special shapes.
It was pretty cold out to begin with again, and check out how we have to push through the balloons to get around. I did one stitch pic to show how big these balloons are on the ground.
There were a lot of regular balloons on display, more taking customers up than when we came on Monday. But the big attraction are all the special balloons. Here are a bunch, the majority of which I don't think we saw the other day.
Who would have thought of making one of Carmen Miranda?
And you have to be my age to recognize Felix the Cat and Pepe LePieu (sp?)!
I love the glasses on this baseball player balloon...there are a bunch of balloons reflected in them.
Here are just a few of the regular balloons...I love the colors!
Once all the balloons have launched they cleared the field for a balloon competition. 1st you can see the refs, then the 2nd pic is of that tall, white pole...it has an envelope on top of it that the balloonists try to float by and grab...it has $2000 in it. Then the 3rd pic has a flag like on a golf course...they play "closest to the pin" by throwing a marker out of their balloons and whoever gets closest wins.
Here the balloons are floating around and lining up to try to get the envelope or throw their marker...there were probably several hundred balloons in the competition, but we only saw one get close enough to grab an envelope.
This was really fun...we are glad we came and glad again that we stayed the extra day to see the balloons today. I hope the kids like this posting, too!