Discover Balloons Over Anderson

By:Staff Writer

Date:4/22/2015

Every October, massive balloons take off over Anderson, SC, in a can’t-miss attraction at Balloons Over Anderson. Hot air balloon enthusiasts from around the United States show up each year to give onlookers a spectacular show of color and light.

Go for the day or make a weekend of it with the kids, family or friends as you explore the balloon grounds, carnival rides and high-flying thrills of hot air ballooning in the Upstate.

The whole event runs over the course of a weekend, with the carnival getting set up on a Friday afternoon and closing on a Sunday night. A sole flagpole stands in the center of the fair with a red, yellow or green flag hoisted at its peak. Watch for the moment when the green flag hangs limp, because that means the wind is low and the balloons are ready to fly.

While onlookers wait for the highly anticipated green flag and the balloon flights to begin, they can enjoy one of the many carnival rides and game tents. Food stands serve a variety of carnival foods, and guests can enjoy their funnel cakes or corn dogs at one of the many picnic benches set up around the grounds.

Tethered balloon rides are available at one end of the field for a small fee throughout the day. For those interested in more than a tethered ride, they can book a free flight with one of the balloonists. Flights go up at dawn and dusk, when the winds are calmest. Those interested in booking a flight are encouraged to reserve their spot as early as possible because of the limited number of spaces available.

In the evening, after the sun goes down, the balloonists bring their balloons back from where they landed after their flights and flicker them in an eye-dazzling balloon glow. People gather on the field, sitting on picnic blankets and standing with their kids on their shoulders, to watch the spectacular show of flickering balloon lights.

It’s an event to remember and a beautiful sight to see. Treat yourself to an event like none other as you discover Balloons Over Anderson.

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