The Atlantic Balloon Fiesta takes place is Sussex, New Brunswick, every year around this time. With dozens of colourful hot air balloons launching twice daily, it’s truly a sight to behold. I had never been so I thought I’d get up early this morning and check it out. Early is a bit of an understatement, as the morning balloon launch begins at 6:30 am, meaning I had to get up at 5 am to make it there from Saint John on time!
It was so worth getting up early on a Saturday though, and those who gathered to watch got lucky as conditions were nearly perfect. Often the balloons aren’t able to launch due to strong winds or cloud cover. Calm, early mornings are often your best bet to see them in the air.
It’s impossible not to smile when you see those beautiful big balloons going up into the air. Silhouetted against the blue sky, in a multitude of patterns and colours, it’s pure magic. I can’t even imagine how excited the children in attendance must have been. I know I felt like a kid.
The fiesta runs through Sunday but with the rain scheduled to come in, this evening at 5:30 pm might be your last chance to see them. Hot air balloon rides are available, at a price of $180/person but I’m guessing most of the seats have already been sold. There’s also a craft fair, live music, a carnival and several other events happening on site.
Here are a few pics from my fantastic morning at the fiesta: