Carolina Balloon Fest
This past weekend was the Carolina Balloon Fest held in Statesville, NC. This event is the second longest running hot air balloon event in the United States.
The weekend started with a media flight on Friday morning for all the school kids in the Statesville area. We flew over downtown Statesville over Interstate 40 and I77 with an estimated exposure of over 30,000 people.
Friday evening was a great flight from the festival site with an estimated crowd of over 10,000 spectators.
Saturday morning the event was canceled due to weather and rain.
Saturday evening, however, was a huge sold-out crowd. The Jasper Engines and Transmission balloon was one of the first to take off from the field, much to the delight of the cheering crowd.
After a fight across downtown Statesville, we came back and inflated the balloon for the glow to a sold out crowd.
Sunday morning was another perfect flight for the JASPER Balloon. Flying across Statesville into the airport and finishing a very respectful 10th made it a great event!