It was one of those things I didn’t notice until I was looking for something to do, but there it was. A poster for the Saga International Balloon Fiesta hanging in the station where I take the train to work every day. The poster eventually caught my eye because the event date just happened to overlap with one of my upcoming days off. So I figured, “What the heck? This seems like a really cool event so I’ll check it out.”
The fun began as the train approached Balloon Saga station and passengers were greeted by a sky full of hot air balloons. They seemed to float so effortlessly, decorating the early morning sky like ornaments on a Christmas tree. Stepping off of the train, I was immediately and happily swallowed by food stalls galore and swarms of elementary school students dressed in uniforms and yellow chickadee hats. The children moved in packs while holding hands, their necks craned to the side, their expressions in awe of the spectacularly colorful and animated balloons before them, their excitement so contagious that I too began to feel like a little kid again.
At 9:00am, everyone poured onto the field to get a closer look at these balloons that had yet to take flight. All the kids took their turns taking pictures with the hot air balloon staff, sitting in a firetruck, or taking a walk inside an actual hot air balloon that was fully inflated on its side. Everyone had a field day…literally.
Though the day required a predawn wake up call, the Balloon Fiesta was a great environment to just sit down and forget all the stresses of life for a moment. More than that, it was an important reminder to get out of my hometown and daily routine every once in a while.
So what do you think? Fancy a visit to the Saga International Balloon Fiesta next year? If so, check out the event website RIGHT HERE for more info.