Keeping with my theme of “things to do in the North when it’s cold outside,” I couldn’t let winter slip by without mentioning the Hudson Hot Air Affair, a celebration of hot air ballooning in Hudson, Wisconsin. Held in early February, the event brings ballooners from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, the Dakotas, Illinois and Nebraska. Thousands of spectators flock to the event for family activities, a pancake breakfast, a silent auction, and to an open field to watch the balloons launch into the winter sky each morning. One of the more popular events is “Moon Glow,” when balloonists fire up their balloons in the twilight hours, which is what I caught this weekend.
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very impressive photos.
Great photos !!
Thanks for the wonderful share.
nice photos… looks fun! 🙂
Great pictures!!!! I love it. -Thank you. love your site
cool, nice photos, but i take a more attention on the fish-like hot air balloon photos… nice!
Awesome! Your photos remind me of a festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Never been there though.
Just last week Clark, Philippines held a hot air balloon festival too. I wasn’t able to go though. Thank you for posting these photos! 🙂
Cool! Nice photos. I definitely want to ride a hot-air balloon someday…
Cool! I’ve never seen like this before… Greeting from Indonesia!
Nice photos! I absolutely love hot air balloons! But have yet to ride on one! =(
*envious* Now, I’m definitely adding ‘riding a hot air balloon’ to my bucket list.
How I would love to be up in one of those!
We went to see a hot air balloon fest once and they were taking up people who won a lucky draw. 😦
Congrats on being FP !
Absolutely stunning photos. It is my dream to fly in a hot air balloon!
Awesome post. The contrast of all the rich colours against the backdrop of a snowy white background is grand to say the least. Judging by the way everyone is clad it must be bitingly cold.
I am from China,I am very pleased to see these beautiful photos.
Nice pics. thank you for sharing.
wow. like a bonfire of balloons! we’ve just come from a hot air balloon festival too here in the philippines. but no twilight flights. this is awesome
I love NEMO balloon!
Beautiful Shot 🙂
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I love Hot air Ballons . They are so pretty . I have always wanted to fly in one but I never have . Mabey some day I will .
We just had the annual 16th Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta last weekend. Your pictures made me regret that i didn’t come! 😥
I loved the picture, especially the little kids in there…Stunning!!!
Freedom, fire, and smiles drawn on innocent faces, How beautiful!!
I love the balloons, they are so pretty. We have an area out by us that when the season comes, we get to see a few here and there. I might have to go there and see them in person, one day.
Nice pics. The one with the little kids is so cute! They look like they are having such a great time.
I was just thinking about our summer hot air balloon festival today! Great pics!!! we were that close to the balloons this summer- its really cool. Very pretty at night which is something we didn’t get to see- thanks for posting;)
It looks beautiful, but it must be freezing! Brrrrrrrr!
gorgeous shots. it would be great to be there to witness it all. love it.
Theres also a hotair balloon event here in the Philippines.
Wonderful pictures. I have never seen Balloons at night, that must have been some treat. Did they actually fly them too in the dark?
Amazing photos! Thanks for posting!
I’m from Green Bay, WI but I’ve never heard of this. I bet it’s amazing! Check out my blog at http://www.ournote2self.wordpress.com
very beautiful 🙂
ooooo!!! :O 😀 I like it!!! i looked some of theme in Paracho, michoacán México the last year. wwwoooowwww!!!!!!!!!!!
These are beautiful! The annual NJ Festival of Ballooning doesn’t have an evening liftoff, and apparently we are really missing something!
wow…i loved these shots…esp the seond last closeup…its phenomenol!!!
Stunning images you have captured. Thanks for sharing and Congrats on being Freshly Pressed.
I’m not sure what’s more lovely, the colours of the balloon lit up against the dark sky, or the excitement on the children’s faces. Great photos.
I wish I had know about this beforehand. Now I just have to remember it for next year.
Great post and pics. Congrats on FP
WOW! The pictures are amazing!
I find the bright and vivid colors and designs on the balloons a very stark contrast to the night sky behind it. And, I bet it must have looked amazing when they all rose up in the sky!
Sadly enough, I live in LA, so we don’t have much winter excitement here. Truly, winter over here just feels like a toned down version of summer, though every now and then the temperatures drop suddenly to what is more than freezing to us!
Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed, and again, great pics!
Ashley, aka TheEverydayMuser
I love hot air balloon festivals. There is one down in Albuquerque, NM that is pretty amazng. I haven’t been there in years, but your pictures make me want to plan a trip! Congrats on FP!
Lovely photos! I have always wanted to attend the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Albuquerque, NM.
is that nemo!?!?! very very cool, ive always wanted to get in a hot air balloon.
It would be amazing to watch (and dare I say?) ride in a hot air balloon!! Great pictures, thanks for posting them! 😀
wow, looks like a lot of fun! Great photos~
Great pictures. Wish the weather would have coorperated more
A-mazing. My only experience of heated flying objects involved chinese lanterns at a wedding. Unfortunately the wind blew them into a tree, which subsequently caught fire. Very entertaining, but this event looks far more productive (and, er…safe). Good work.
Oh my! How funny. Definitely not the preferred way of making fire fly. 🙂
We have the Great Reno Balloon Race annually in Reno, Nevada, and Dawn Patrol is a must-visit. Spectacular!
Beautiful pix…thank you for sharing. 🙂
I think that is a great excuse for a road trip. Thank you for your comments, and thanks for the tip! 🙂
Nice photos. The balloons didn’t launch at the Saturday afternoon time, but they did have the football inflated.
Sadly, today is the last day. The balloons didn’t take off this morning either, do to the directional winds. Mark it for next year!
That is awesome! I will have to check that out next year or is there more dates and times?
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