Last weekend we drove about an hour North to Statesville, NC to go to the Carolina Balloon Fest. We had never been before, but it sounded pretty fun and it wasn’t far away, so we figured we would give it a shot. As you will be able to tell from the pictures, it was a very cloudy and kind of rainy day. We were worried for a while that they actually wouldn’t be able to launch any balloons (womp womp,) but thankfully by the late afternoon the sky cleared up enough that they could! This post is a little picture heavy but I hope you won’t mind.
Judah and Brandon in their matching plaid. We realized in the car on the way there that all three of us were wearing plaid. true hipsters.
When the balloons weren’t launching there were several other things going on. There was a whole kids section with inflatable things and magic shows and laser tag. There were also tents set up with things that you could buy and several places to hear live music, and plenty of prime spots for people watching.
There was no shortage of things to eat. This is Judah tasting his first funnel cake. It was no elephant ear, but they don’t really do those down here.
We were really glad when the balloons started to go up. These first three were tethered down so that people could go up fifty feet and come back down. We saw several couples get engaged or who had gotten engaged. So sweet.
That big black one in the back left of this photo is kind of triangular shaped and is solar powered which is kind of cool.
After dark, several of the balloons were there to be a part of the nighttime glow. We left around 7:30 and overall, even though the weather wasn’t awesome, we had a really great time and I definitely think this will be something we try to do every year.