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Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival - 6/7/20024

This afternoon Jenny, Sarah and I drove to Coshocton to see my very first air balloon show.  We left Nelsonville at about 3:00 and arrived at the Coshocton fairgrounds at 4:30.  There was free parking and no admission charge to the festival.


We parked the car and made a casual lap around the food vendors to see what was available and to choose a good area to view the balloons from.  We went back to the car for our chairs and found a shaded spot to sit, relax and enjoy the rest of the evening.


The balloons were scheduled to launch at 5 o'clock, but there were winds just high enough to keep them grounded.  Otherwise, the weather was perfect, with mostly clear skies and cool afternoon temperatures.


We spent the next few hours relaxing in our chairs and making a few walks to the nearby food vendors for things to eat and drink.  The prices were surprisingly affordable.  One vendor even offered a hotdog, chips and a drink for three dollars.  However, I chose to get an eight dollar Italian sausage and later Sarah and I split a bucket of fair fries.  The three of us visited with each other, and we played on our phones.


Balloon Glow was scheduled for 9:30. For an hour or so preceding that, several crews began to inflate their balloons.


Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival

Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival

Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival

By 9:30 they were just shy of 20 balloons on the fairgrounds all inflated and firing their burners to light up the evening sky.  Although none of the balloons actually left the ground, it was a beautiful sight to behold.


Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival

Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival

Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival

Once the Balloon Glow had finished we packed our chairs back to the car and headed out.  We arrived back home at around 11:00.


In spite of not seeing any of the balloons take flight, it was a good relaxing time together and with perfect weather.


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