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Balloon Race Forest Park 190909

I went alone to Forest Park to see the launch of the balloons, and it was a trip well worth it, to see these colourful globes rising serenely and majestically into the cloudy,overcast, intermittently rainy sky. I'd been afraid that the wind would cross the 10-miles-an-hour limit beyond which the launch would be aborted, but it didn't happen....


is an account of the race by the St.Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper.

Here are a few balloons:

diagonal balloon 190909

There was face-painting:

deb tracy face painting

face painting

One more:

orange and red balloon

and there was all the different kinds of food:

another one:

squares colour balloon

Everywhere balloons were being inflated:

balloon rising 190909

Some balloons were not to carry passengers!

captive balloon

Children had balloons in other shapes, too, here's SpongeBob SquarePants:

sponge bob square pants

It was a great time for photographers:

photograph at race

And cyclists:

tanden cycle 190909

Some people, were, of course, on the job, and alert:

cop on duty balloon race 190909

For a change, a Pepsi can was full of hot gas and not cold liquid:

pepsi balloon 190909

It was funny watching it float past the Port-A-Potty line (mobile toilets!):

pepsi over port-a-potty! 190909

The Energizer Bunny and the Birthday Cake never got off the ground:

190909 energizer bunny and b'day cake

And ironically, American Airlines were firmly fixed to the ground, too! :)

american airlines balloon 190909

(I would probably be the only one to go to a Balloon Race and take a video of the food stalls!)

A 180 degree view of the balloons, a few rising, and some already well away:

Here are several others:

fontbonne u balloon

This one was sponsored by Snapfish, which is a kind of cheese biscuit:

snapfish balloon

190909 balloon with flags

This one had the ship "Mayflower" on it:

mayflower 190909

Of course the "American" balloon was there, too:

stars'n'stripes balloon 190909

Here are three rising together:

3 balloons

I caught this one as it went directly overhead:

underneath the balloon 190909

As I left the field, I saw the lovely sight of this little girl and her dog, amusing themselves:

girl and her dog 190909

A very enjoyable afternoon.....I have never seen such crowds in Forest Park, and what fun it was to walk back past the cars jammed into loooong lines, on the way home!
Tags: enjoyable, event, forest, photography, st louis, walk, weekend

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