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Raising Humpty Dumpty

October 14, 2012 1 comment

One of the main events at the Balloon Fiesta is Evening Glow.  This is when balloonists raise their balloons at dusk, and then light them up with their burners.  Quite a sight when several hundred balloons light up the evening sky!

We happened on the Humpty Dumpty balloon just as it was being unpacked.  So we stayed and watched (and photographed) the whole process of getting Humpty back on his feet.  Or, on his wall, to be more accurate.

First, the balloon is unpacked and lain on the ground. Lines are straightened and checked.

A closeup of the burner. That packs a lot of heat!

The balloon is spread on the ground.

A fan is used to blow cold air into the balloon. This gives it the beginning of the final shape.

Then, the burner is used to get hot air into the envelope. This lifts the balloon off the ground.

The final amount of burning finishes the shape.

And voila, there is Humpty, all ready to meet and greet. The burner provides the light from inside the balloon.

And here is a view showing just some of the balloons lit up.