The desert sky was awash with color as 25 hot air balloons inflated and rose into the sky. Spectators had traveled from across the country to witness this sight, and were thrilled to walk right onto the field and watch as each balloon would inflate and lift off.
More than 20,000 spectators attended this year’s Arizona Balloon Classic – the state’s premier hot air balloon race and festival. And between the inflatables in the family fun zone, the tethered hot air balloon flights, retail shopping, commercial exhibits and local food stands set up across the grounds, there was more than enough to keep that many entertained. Though the most popular attractions were obviously the balloons themselves.
While the festival began early morning offering tethered balloon flights throughout the day, we visited in the late afternoon to witness the “desert glow” – imagine a field full of illuminated, tethered, hot air balloons glowing in time to music against the backdrop of a spectacular desert sunset.
These are our photos from the 2015 Arizona Balloon Classic – if you find yourself in Phoenix in 2016, be sure not to miss the festival and it’s many events!
For more information head to the Classic’s official website.