I went alone to Forest Park to see the launch of the balloons, and it was a trip well worth it, to see these colourful globes rising serenely and majestically into the cloudy,overcast, intermittently rainy sky. I’d been afraid that the wind would cross the 10-miles-an-hour limit beyond which the launch would be aborted, but it didn’t happen….
is an account of the race by the St.Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper.
Here are a few balloons:
There was face-painting:
and there was all the different kinds of food:
Everywhere balloons were being inflated:
Some balloons were not to carry passengers!
Children had balloons in other shapes, too, here's SpongeBob SquarePants:
It was a great time for photographers:
Some people, were, of course, on the job, and alert:
For a change, a Pepsi can was full of hot gas and not cold liquid:
It was funny watching it float past the Port-A-Potty line (mobile toilets!):
The Energizer Bunny and the Birthday Cake never got off the ground:
And ironically, American Airlines were firmly fixed to the ground, too! :)
(I would probably be the only one to go to a Balloon Race and take a video of the food stalls!)
A 180 degree view of the balloons, a few rising, and some already well away:
Here are several others:
This one was sponsored by Snapfish, which is a kind of cheese biscuit:
This one had the ship "Mayflower" on it:
Of course the "American" balloon was there, too:
Here are three rising together:
I caught this one as it went directly overhead:
As I left the field, I saw the lovely sight of this little girl and her dog, amusing themselves:
A very enjoyable afternoon…..I have never seen such crowds in Forest Park, and what fun it was to walk back past the cars jammed into loooong lines, on the way home!