The Nebraska Balloon & Wine Festival is a two day event that takes place annually just outside of Omaha, Nebraska. Balloon pilots from around the Midwest descend on the festival to give rides in the afternoon and put on a balloon glow at dusk. There are many activities for children, food vendors, and of course wine tasting.
This is the second year that Lori Hutchinson has been invited to participate in the festival. She is the owner of Breaking Dawn Balloon Flights from Kansas and has been piloting Breaking Dawn for several years. She relies on a team of volunteers to help make her balloon flight a success for her passengers.
The Nebraska Balloon & Wine Festival is the largest balloon festival in Nebraska with at least 15 balloons, and has been occurring every August since 2007. According to the festival's press release the festival is a Nebraska Wine Showcase featuring some of the best award winning wines available to taste. Folks are able to enjoy the delicious foods, live entertainment and festival atmosphere that offers arts & crafts in the Marketplace Village as well as a KidZone Area with Pony Rides, face painting, inflatable bounce and obstacle course activities for the kids.
“The Hot Air Balloons attract a lot of attention and is unique to this celebration ” said Mike Mancuso, Event Producer, indicating that, “an estimated six million national spectators attend hundreds of Balloon events across the country.”
If the winds are too strong for the pilots to have the balloons up, then they do a candlestick glow. It's not as pretty as seeing all of the colors of the many different balloons, but it's enjoyable for the kids!