Friday, July 1, 2011
Hudson Patch will have a photo gallery full of Booster Days excitement from Friday.
Hudson Patch will post Booster Days photos to this gallery throughout the day on Friday. Please share your own Hudson Booster Days photos by clicking on the "Upload your photos & videos" link. Hudson Booster Days event schedule
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Multiple hot-air balloons were lit up after dark for the Balloon Glow, which provided a breathtaking spectacle at the Hudson Hot Air Affair.
Even though the hot-air balloons never got off the ground in the daylight hours of the Hudson Hot Air Affair on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, the Balloon Glow event provided plenty of oohs and aahs for festival-goers. After dark, multiple hot-air balloons were lit up, turning the night sky into an explosion of color and light.
Dense fog caused visibility problems for pilots at the 22nd Annual Hudson Hot Air Affair, yet people made the most of the event.
It's said that if you build it—or in this case inflate it—they will come. "We estimate that we have about 10,000 people who come to Hudson every February for the Hot Air Affair," said Evy Nerbonne, president of the Hudson Hot Air Affair, the largest winter hot air balloon festival in the Midwest. Those 10,000 people made their way to Hudson with a goal of seeing dozens of multicolored works of art soar through the sky. However, the weather prevented that from happening on the morning of Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011. "The weather hasn't really cooperated with us this morning," said Travis Vencel, a hot air balloon pilot. "We need visibility of about three miles so we can see where we're going." Vencel and other pilots had to keep their hot-air …
Friday, February 4, 2011
Revelers gathered in Hudson's historic downtown district to see balloon pilots show off their burners.
Hot air balloon crews paraded down Second Street on after dark on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, displaying blasts of fire into the cold night sky. The Hudson Hot Air Affair Torchlight Parade marked the beginning of Hot Air Affair weekend in Hudson. This year's theme is "When Pigskins Fly," which is a tribute to football. If weather permits, dozens of hot-air balloons will launch early Saturday morning to kick off two days of events including launches, a moon glow, smooshboard competition, 5K and more.