Sunday, August 31, 2014

2014 Boise Balloon Festival "Night Glow"

Posted from Boise, ID    (Click on Pics to Enlarge)

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Looking thru the local newspaper, we saw that Boise has an annual balloon festival named The Spirit of Boise each year. This year's event stretches from August 27-31.  The festival first began in 1991 and has been held annually.  Different events are scheduled each day, but we decided to attend the "Night Glow" on Friday.

Not being very knowledgeable about ballooning we found that the festival is held each year in Ann Morrison Memorial Park.

A "Night Glow" is held at sunset when a number of balloons are all inflated at the same time and the glow from the burners cause a spectacular light show for the crowd.  This is very much a family-oriented event in the Boise area.  Attendance was very good.

Just before sunset the participating balloons were neatly laid out and spaced along the grounds.

At the signal by the starter, the crews began inflating the balloons.

The crowd was anxious for the sun to set and for the balloons to begin firing up their burners.

Soon the balloons were fully inflated and the burners firing.

     Watch a short video on 2014 Spirit of Boise "Glow Night".

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Thanks for stopping by to take a look!


  1. August 31, 2014

    Albuquerque, NM Balloon Fiesta
    First full weekend in October, be there before that on Tuesday or Wednesday.
    Dry camp with the Escapees Boomers group at least a week, or the second weekend of the fiesta. They will help you have a good time while there - their experience provides a more filling adventure. There is also a ballooning museum best seen before the balloon fiesta. We did this in 2011.


  2. George, that one is on our list, but not this year. We'll be heading in a different direction while the festival is underway.

  3. I really enjoyed the video and can see why folks turned out for the event. I would be more than a little wary of going up in one of the balloons if that flame goes with it - looks like you could shoot yourself down.

  4. Looks like another great time at a local summer time event! We've never been to the one at Boise. But we have been to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta since we lived there 1988-1992. The mass lift off is something to behold but I remember always freezing at 5 AM in Oct in ABQ...

    1. Obviously not as big as the Albuquerque event, but still pretty cool to watch nonetheless. 5 AM!!!! Randy you're so dedicated.

  5. Looks like you had a pretty cool hot time! Hot air balloons always remind me of a particular boss I once had... ;c)

  6. They were all very pretty. Thanks again!

  7. That looks like so much fun. I've always wanted to go to the big one in Albuquerque NM but there are SO many people. This seems much nicer.

  8. Ballooning is so much fun. Have always wanted to go to Albuquerque for the festival, now I can add Boise to the list.