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On September 19, 1783, brothers Joseph-Ralf and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier publicly demonstrated an unmanned hot air balloon flight in France. Not long after, humans were taking flight. Today, there are tours and festivals throughout the world surrounding this amazing means of travel.
 
If you’d like to celebrate properly this fall, there are plenty of ways to do so. In mid-September, the second largest balloon event in Iowa, the Southwest Iowa Hot Air Balloon Days, takes place in Creston, Iowa. In addition to dusk and dawn balloon races, you can shop at the flea market, watch the marching band parade, visit the crafts fair, or check out the pet show.
 
On the East Coast in late September you can head to Glen Falls in Queensbury, New York for one of the best events in the country—the Adirondack Balloon Festival. There are several balloon flights over fours days, and that’s not all that’s going up in the air. You’ll see kites, military craft displays, and fireworks as well.
 
In the Southwest, there’s the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, happening in early to mid-October. This is the largest balloon festival in the world. It lasts for nine days and features more than 750 balloons from more than 50 countries. This is not only a great time, but also a spectacular photo opportunity.
 
If you’re really looking for a wide variety of activities, the Poteau Balloon Fest in Poteau, Oklahoma is perfect for you. Taking place in October, this award-winning festival offers live entertainment, mud pit races, helicopter rides, monster truck rides, and a barbeque cook-off.
 
Reference: http://www.topeventsusa.com/top-hot-air-balloon-events-USA.html

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