Hot Air Balloons

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Saturday

June 25, 2016

Destination: Festival of Balloons in Tigard, Oregon

 

This past weekend we decided to check out the Festival of Balloons in Tigard, our first time for this particular festival. We had already missed the morning launch but thought we'd go anyway to watch the glow show at dusk. We got there around 5pm. It was still so sunny and there were so many people and not a single balloon in sight. We've been to a few International Hot Air Balloon festivals before and there's always a team or 2 around with their balloons during the day, after the morning launch & before the glow show. I just assumed that this was going to be the same. I assumed wrong.

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Evan was a tad disappointed until he saw the carnival! Did someone say CARNIVAL?

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This was a nice distraction that kept him entertained until dusk. He agreed to only go on rides (and games) that he was allowed on without a parent, so that mommy & daddy didn't have to get extra tickets. He particularly love this one, full of fun mirrors. I think he attempted this 3 times in a row.

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He won a prize at the 'Big Bass Fishing' booth.

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So many fun rides.

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It was crowded indeed but the lines for all the rides weren't that bad at all.

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Mommy & daddy just followed Evan around with our cameras. We got to spend time on our favorite hobby, photography, while he had an enjoyable evening. Win-win for everyone in the family.

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Close to dusk the teams started setting up in the field. 
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Evan got to check out the wicker baskets.

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Sadly the wind picked up. All but one team decided that it was too windy & too crowded to risk inflating the balloons. 

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& so...the glow show happened with one balloon and the rest had their baskets & torches set up, open flame. 

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​I think we got home around 10 p.m. Next year we will aim for the morning launches...hopefully I will be able to drag the hubby & son out of bed at 5 a.m. 

You can find all of our photos from this adventure here.

 

 

 


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