October2013

Tethered balloons raise money for charity in North Carolina

Filed under: Charity Events — Posted by: Barry on October 30, 2013

The 40th annual BalloonFest took place in North Carolina recently, demonstrating how marketing and charity fundraising can go hand in hand.

Balloons have been manufactured in the Statesville area for more than three decades now, and real estate agent Re/Max took centre stage (more…)

KPMG kicks off internet balloon race competition

Filed under: Competitions — Posted by: Susan on October 23, 2013

Accountancy firm KPMG has launched a competition which will see students take part in an online hot air balloon race to win an internship place.

The Netherlands-based company, which is known as one of the ‘Big 4’ auditors, will also be giving the victorious (more…)

Lofty ambitions: A look into the life of a hot air balloon pilot

Filed under: Features — Posted by: Mark Smith on October 18, 2013

When many of us think of going to work, it might conjure up images of heading out to the office, shop or warehouse at which we spend 30, 40 or more hours every week; but what if going to work meant stepping out into the fresh air, setting up a hot air balloon and soaring thousands of feet into the sky? (more…)

Plenty of attractions on offer at busy Sheep Fair

Filed under: Charity Events — Posted by: Susan on October 16, 2013

The organisers of the 775th annual Corby Glen Sheep Fair in Lincolnshire have been celebrating after the event attracted a record crowd earlier this month.

There were plenty of activities for people to get involved in, many of which had a traditional theme. Money (more…)

Richard Parry takes Queen’s Cup title

Filed under: Hot Air Balloon Racing — Posted by: Mark Smith on October 9, 2013

A hot air balloon pilot from Stroud has successfully completed a 199-mile journey to take the UK’s oldest sporting prize, the Queen’s Cup.

Richard Parry’s epic balloon flight ended in Great Yarmouth on Sunday, after he left Bristol early on Saturday.

The competition, which has the full title of the Queen’s Air Race Challenge Cup, has a long history and was first held (more…)

Five unusual designs of hot air balloon

Filed under: Features — Posted by: Barry on October 2, 2013

Hot air balloons are instantly recognisable for their size and shape, with their large, inverted cone structure standing out for many miles. While the overwhelming (more…)

Duluth balloon event is a success

Filed under: Fairs and Events — Posted by: Susan on

The 2013 Hot Air Balloon Festival – otherwise known as Le Festival des Montgolfieres a Duluth – took place in Minnesota at the end of September, and has been hailed as a big success.

In total, 11 balloons were launched from Bayfront Park, marking not only the first balloon festival to take place in the region, but also the first (more…)

Britain’s contribution to ballooning throughout history

Filed under: Features — Posted by: Barry on October 1, 2013

Although China, France and Italy were the countries most active in hot air ballooning’s formative years, Britain has more than played its part in the history of ballooning, and helped it become the safe, popular and (more…)