Attended the Oswego Balloonfest which was held at the Oswego County Fairgrounds in Sandy Creek, New York over the weekend. Late in the afternoon as the daytime temperatures began to drop, one of the balloons was inflated with cool air for people to walk through for a small fee. The sunny day made the rainbow colors of the balloon’s fabrics really pop.
While waiting for the hot air balloons to launch, people could eat at the various food vendors, shop at the crafter’s tents and listen to live music around the Oswego County Fairgrounds. I recommend a Cheesecake on a Stick. I had mine with orange cream poured over it.
Soon, balloonists were getting ready in the launch field. Balloons’ envelopes were filled and passengers loaded into the gondolas. The colorful balloons then lifted soundlessly up into a cloudless blue sky. Pilots would occasionally run the burners to control the height of their aircraft.
After all the balloons were launched. One hot air balloon in front of the grandstands gave rides while being tethered. The balloon would go up to about thirty feet (9 meters) giving riders a beautiful view of the fairgrounds and surrounding land.
This proved to be very popular as the balloon was kept busy until after sunset. Giving me the opportunity to capture a flying balloon as blue hour started.
This was the first ever Oswego Balloonfest and what really intrigued me was they were promoting a balloon glow on the Saturday schedule of events. I have never seen nor photographed such an event as no balloons at the Jamesville Balloonfests I have attended did them.
A balloon glow happens after sunset. Crews inflate their balloons until they are upright but are kept on the ground. Pilots will then light their balloons up using the burners. Add blue hour, the moon and a clear sky to the formula and it is an awesome sight.
I will have to find a larger balloonfest with a balloon glow. I have seen photos with dozens of balloons glowing all at once. Loved the single balloon but now I want to see more. 🙂