continued The airport liftoffs are so eagerly anticipated that they annually prompt people to get out of bed at 4 a.m. or earlier to get to the airport in time to beat the crowds.
The action at the airport includes an art show, concessions to benefit local charities, military aircraft on display, kites, a rock climbing wall and bounce houses for children, and church services on Sunday morning.
Chasing balloons can be even more fun than watching them launch, and many spectators like the adventure of figuring out routes to drive in following their chosen rig.
Often, spectators assist balloonists’ chase crews at touchdown time, helping fold up the massive balloons.
Spectators are urged to bring their camera because there are plenty of dramatic photo opportunities — but dogs are barred from the grounds.
The festival concludes with Sunday’s late-afternoon launch, when balloons will be available for people to purchase rides.