Don't miss this opportunity to have fun and learn. AUGUST 8, 9, AND 10, 2008. Right in the heart of Baton Rouge Homes and Properties at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center and adjacent BREC park the sky will fill each morning and some evenings with vivid color and excitement as the Balloon Competition gets underway. There's just something that takes your breath away to watch a sky full of balloons in the crisp, early morning sunlight. They need the sunrise and sunset thermals for lift. It's worth getting up for.
Here are some highlights copied from their website, but to get full details visit their website http://www.laballooning.com/special-events.html
Each morning you should plan to be at seated the field by 6:30 to see what many people believe is the best time to see ALL the balloons flying and it is generally cooler in the morning. The balloons will take off upwind from the field and will fly over Pennington as they drop a bean-bag marker onto a target.
|Balloon Mass Ascension
Friday and Saturday afternoon, half of the balloons (approx. 30+) will set-up on the Pennington field and take-off. This event permits the crowd to walk about the field and visit the crews. It is a great time to take close-up pictures of the inflation process. Also one balloon will take off as "the hare" and soon after the other balloons will chase the hare as "the hounds".
Friday and Saturday evenings after sunset, many people make a special trip to see the balloon glow that resembles huge lighted ornaments. Half of the balloons (approx. 30+) will inflate on the Pennington field and flash their burners synchronized to the announcer's instructions; "all burn","twinkle burn", etc.
BREC's Children's Village has expanded to include a host of activities, artists, food, and fun for the entire family. Some of the free activities include: pony rides, water slides/inflatables, rock wall, face painting, arts and crafts, and much more.
The skies will glow with spectacular fireworks on Friday and Saturday night at 9:30pm, following the balloon glow, and will provide a dramatic grand finale. This display is quickly gaining recognition as the best fireworks show in the area.
The Black Daggers are the official U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration Team. Their mission is to perform live aerial demonstrations in support of Army Special Operations community relations and recruiting.