Quad Cities Hot Air Balloon Festival
A hot air balloon is held in place or tethered to the ground. Ropes are attached to the balloon and it is allowed to go up only as far as the ropes will allow it. Passengers climb into the basket and the pilot lights the burners. The balloon ascends into the air approximately 40 - 50 feet above the ground and hovers a little while. The balloon then gently descends back to the ground. It is a great way to feel what it would be like to take a hot air balloon ride and to see the field from a slightly higher perspective.