As the name suggests, one of the main attractions of the Trim Balloon Fiesta is the hot air balloons. Ireland is not know for perfect weather and is indeed very unpredictable, therefore it is not always possible to get the balloons inflated and airborne. Today was no different, there was a bit of a breeze building.
The balloon owners tried their best to keep the crowds entertained by allowing people into the baskets for a few photos.
I thought the flames created by the burners made great photo subjects on their own. Set against the stormy sky, the flames were really vibrant.
There was a slight dip in the breeze for a while and attempts were made to see if any of the balloons could be safely inflated.
I was fascinated to learn how these balloons were actually erected. Firstly holding the neck of the balloon open, someone strategically places a large fan that blows cold air into the balloon to expand it.
Once the balloon is packed full of cold air and the fabric is completely spread out, the person in the basket directs the propane burners into the balloon to raise it vertically.
I was amazed at the skill of these guys that even though the balloon was blowing around considerably, none of the lines caught fire.
Eventually the balloons were up, but were struggling with the ever increasing breeze.
At one point I thought my friend Denis was going to get squashed by a gigantic can of Guinness 😉 but don’t worry it blew the other way 🙂
Sadly the wind started to increase and the balloons had to be taken down. We had great fun though and couldn’t wait to see what evening events were planned.