Hot Air Balloon Festival is a 3 Day annual event organized usually during the second weekend of the month of August. This is a very popular event and is held at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center of Baton Rouge. This is an event where one goes in with their family and children and adults enjoy alike. The atmosphere is just like that of a fair with many food stalls serving local delicacies that range from Cajun food, ice-pops, freshly baked pretzels, lemonades, funnel cakes, fried chicken, burgers. The list is endless. So if you are at Baton Rouge during this time, this is definitely an event not to miss. Admission to the event is free and there are lots of free parking spaces. You can take your own chairs to the venue. Pets, ice chests and smoking are not allowed near the balloons. Many activities are planned during the event. It’s a good idea to check the timings for the various activities prior to making your trip so that you do not miss out on them.
Early mornings are the time for the balloon competition. During the afternoons the balloons will set up on the Pennington field and take off. This is a great time to view the inflation process and one also gets an opportunity to interact with the crew members of the participating teams besides being able to take pictures from a close range. There is also a parachute demonstration at the event. In the evenings one gets to see the balloon glow and the balloons will flash their burners as per the announcer’s instruction. This is a spectacular experience and following the balloon glow is a fireworks display which is awesome.
Various free activities for children are also organized during the event like water slides/inflatables, face painting, pony rides, see some baby animals and an opportunity to interact with their caretakers, touching and holding the animals. Usually there is a band at the venue and one gets an opportunity to listen to some good music and participate in a dance.
Overall it’s a fun time experience with your family. It’s a 3 Day Event and if you are at Baton Rouge, I suggest one should plan to go at least one of those days.