Chesapeake Balloon Festival
Past Years' Results: 2018-2017-2016-2015-2014
photo courtesy of Betty Fowler
2018 Balloon Festival results:
Three flights, two balloon glows and three balloons tethering each day
---Friday Afternoon- windy conditions caused the Afternoon flight to be canceled. A very impressive Balloon Glow did generate much excitement among the spectators
---Saturday morning- scheduled mass ascension was a rain out
---Saturday afternoon/evening- tethers, mass ascension and balloon glow were well received by a very large number of spectators
---Sunday morning- mass balloon ascension saw a two hour delay waiting for the fog to lift. Ten balloons were able to fly above a very impressive 5K Run/Walk
---Sunday evening- mass ascension was beautiful. The landowners loved our balloons flying over their homes. Six balloons landed on the same property to the thrill of the homeowner!
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Spectator Photos: 2015 Curt Brandt Photography Curt has over 700 photos to share. Take a few moments and enjoy these wonderful photos.
Delighted Passenger Comments 2015:
I really enjoyed my flight. It was a unique experience and I'd definitely do it again!
I'm sure there are those who hesitate to fly for one reason or another. I'd like to reassure them on a few points:
You don't want to go alone: Well, once you step into that basket, you're not alone! There's your pilot and the other passengers. People get very chummy, sharing an experience like this.
Cost: Arguably, it's a pricey way to spend half an hour. But it's never going to get cheaper. If you've always wanted to fly, then find yourself a good pilot (like Ron), plunk down your money and just do it!
Motion sickness: I don't know if the experience is the same for everybody, but I didn't have the physical sensations I expected. My stomach did not lurch as we lifted off. I never felt like we were moving in a particular direction, or that I was traveling backwards (I hate sitting backwards on a train!). And I hardly even felt the landing. There was nothing to detract from the enjoyment of watching the scenery around and below. I felt as if I were standing on a balcony and everything else was shifting around me.
The experience was peaceful and natural, and I only wish it was longer! Thanks again, and I'll see you again!