Photo Tour: Balloon Festival


Traveleidoscope:  QuickChek Festival of Ballooning

This summer, I had a chance to go to the QuickChek Festival of Ballooning at the Solberg Airport, a privately owned airport in Readington, New Jersey! So, armed with my press pass and my camera, I went and checked out the balloon launch, oh yeah, and had a bite to eat! It was so much fun and totally worth getting up at 3:30am (Yes. In. The. Morning! Ugh!). If you've never been to a balloon festival, definitely make it a must-do at least once! So instead of explaining, I thought I'd just show ya the pics!

Traveleidoscope:  QuickChek Festival of Ballooning

It started out pretty foggy!

Traveleidoscope:  QuickChek Festival of Ballooning

Cars even got stuck in the mud trying to park!

(It had rained A LOT before)

Traveleidoscope:  QuickChek Festival of Ballooning

I was afraid that these balloons (of balloons) might be the only ones I'd see!

Traveleidoscope:  QuickChek Festival of Ballooning

But, if you turn them upside down, they almost look like the real thing!

Traveleidoscope:  QuickChek Festival of Ballooning

Eventually, the weather started to break and things began to happen!

Traveleidoscope:  QuickChek Festival of Ballooning

Baskets came out!

Traveleidoscope:  QuickChek Festival of Ballooning

Balloons began inflating!

Traveleidoscope:  QuickChek Festival of Ballooning

Before you knew it.... they're off!

Traveleidoscope:  QuickChek Festival of Ballooning

The sun started to come out!

Traveleidoscope:  QuickChek Festival of Ballooning

Elvis even showed up!

Traveleidoscope:  QuickChek Festival of Ballooning

And others, too!

Traveleidoscope:  QuickChek Festival of Ballooning

All that balloon-watching made me hungry, so I stopped for a quick snack - an arepa with mozzarella cheese - my fave!

( An arepa is basically a corn cake, made of ground maize or cooked flour. It's common in Colombia and Venezuela. This one is stuffed with cheese! Yum!)

Traveleidoscope:  QuickChek Festival of Ballooning

Thought I'd check out the rides, too!

(Notice the balloon in the background?)

Traveleidoscope:  QuickChek Festival of Ballooning

Even the rides are balloon-themed!

Traveleidoscope:  QiuckChek Festival of Ballooning

If you go, here are some things to remember.......

Travleiedoscope:  QuickChek Festival of Ballooning

Hope you enjoyed your photo tour of the QuickChek Festival of Ballooning!

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