One final photo from the 2015 Midwest Balloon Fest in Bonner Springs, Kansas. Click on image to enlarge  

In a “Hare and Hound” competition, balloonists try to hit the center of a large, 50 foot “x” with a weighted marker tossed from their balloon.  This balloonist gets ready to “make his mark” as he prepares to toss his weighted marker from up above.

One of the competitors in the “Hare and Hound” competition compares his laptop to visual data in order to get his marker on the “x” Click on image to enlarge

Know what makes for a boring balloon shot?  A severely clear sky without a cloud in it paired with no background scenery. In other words, pretty much what I had to work with at the Midwest Balloon Fest of 2015. Ugh.  Maybe I’ll have better luck at another ballooning event in the future… Click on […]

A common balloon competition event is the “Hare and Hound” race.  The “hare” balloon takes off in advance of the “hound” balloons and flies at different altitudes to make it more challenging for the “hound” balloons to follow its path.  As an additional part of the challenge, the “hound” balloons drop a weighted marker on […]

Other than watching hundreds of balloons take to the New Mexico sky during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta back in graduate school, I haven’t really experienced a balloon festival up close until this year’s Midwest Balloon Fest.  Since I was focused on shepherding my youngest and a friend through the trick or treating aspect of the […]