I’ve wanted to go the to Lewiston-Auburn Great Falls Balloon Festival for several years now but have always had a conflicting event to go to. Hampden Children’s Day typically falls on the same weekend so we have usually stayed to watch the parade on our front lawn. This year we made a commitment to go and ended up staying in Lewiston the night before to make the 6 am launch. I had never seen a hot air balloon in person before we arrived at Simard-Payne Memorial Park just before dawn.
It was an amazing sight to see. You could walk right up to the balloons and feel the heat from the burners as they were inflating them. Watching them defy gravity and launch just feet from you was pretty cool too. We ended up coming back for the evening launch and were treated to a different perspective as we watched from the bridge this time. The kids all agreed that the stunt balloon was the most fun to watch. Who knew you could do stunts… in a BALLOON!!