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Greetings from: the Great Prosser Balloon Rally

The largest hot air balloon festival inside the global – the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta – will take vicinity October 1-9.

But one of the maximum captivating warm air balloon festivals inside the global befell this past weekend in Prosser, WA.

This was the 33rd year for the three-day Great Prosser Balloon Rally and close to twenty balloons took to the skies from Prosser Airport each morning at around 7 am.

For our first-time attendee, matters didn’t look too promising whilst she arrived to discover all the hot balloons simply lying flat on the floor.

There have been households accrued in the discipline with their kids nonetheless of their pajamas. And lots of humans with giant cups of coffee. And for some time, not anything seemed to be taking place.

But after a set of small check balloons had been sent as much as make sure the wind situations had been suitable for decent air balloon adventures, the commercial enterprise of filling up the balloons, taking off, and flying over Washington’s lower Yakima Valley turned into underway.

The dawn launches are thrilling, but come what may we overlooked out on seeing the Night Glow while all the hot air balloons are anchored to the floor and are then lit up from internal so they glow in opposition to the night sky.

So we’re already making plans on attending subsequent 12 months. See you there.

Courtesy Great Prosser Balloon Rally

San Antonio Int’l Airport is a Fiesta site

The 11- day Fiesta San Antonio celebration is underway. And the celebration extends to the airport.

San Antonio International Airport (SAT) holds an annual Fiesta Takes Flight Parade in the terminal. This 12 months’s occasion changed into on April 2.

Hundreds of airline and airport employees, their families, or even vacationers participate within the Fiesta Takes Flight Parade inside the center of the airport’s terminals. The parade capabilities proper coronation attire, entertainment, particular parade floats, colorful fiesta attire, and festive colorings throughout the airport.

Imagine showing up for your flight and seeing this!

“This is this kind of amusing time to rejoice the history, colourful tradition, and traditions of San Antonio. We have a completely creative own family at SAT and it’s continually interesting to see every person’s entries at the day of the parade”, stated Jesus H. Saenz, Jr., Director of Airports, San Antonio Airport System. “And I’m always full of pride when travelers input the terminals and I see their reactions to the decoration and festivities due to the fact it's so precise and representative of our lovely metropolis”.

Trophies are presented to parade participants for creativity, spirit, originality, colorfulness, topic, and spirit. American Airlines gained the first vicinity trophy. Southwest Airlines won 2d area. And Delta Air Lines, Aeromexico and Viva Aerobus tied for 0.33.

One of the airport’s fiesta traditions is to distribute colorful medals to tourists. This 12 months’s medal featured The Star of Texas or La Estrella de Texas, an artwork installation at the doorway to the airport by Mexican artist Sebastian.

At the Airport: News from SEA, SFB, & LFT

Party at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) is having an in-terminal and digital party on Thursday, Nov 4 to rejoice the give up of all of the fundamental construction on the N Concourse. If you take place to be traveling via SEA between 11 am and 1 pm, head to the N Concourse for music and spoken phrase performances, food sampling, artwork tours, and giveaways. The even will in a position streamed on line. In the night, at 6 pm, SEA will host a tour trends panel so as to be streamed stay as well.

Bee Mascot for Orlando Sanford Int’l Airport

We’re large enthusiasts of airport mascots and observed that Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) has a bee as a mascot. We’re wondering if the beekeeper is an legit a part of the group.

Look What’s Coming to Lafayette Regional Airport

Lafayette Regional Airport (LFT) is opening its new terminal in January 2022 and it looks as if it will have a few colourful facilities.

No cheese curd ingesting contest, however plenty of summer time fun

Giant cream puffs can be sold, however there can be no cheese curd eating contest at the Wisconsin State Fair this yr.

After final 12 months’s cancellations due to Covid regulations, states are bringing lower back their annual gala's with elevated attention to safety, cleaning and disinfecting — plus a few adjustments.

“We are seeing people gravitate towards normalcy — the occasions, human beings and places they overlooked out on remaining year,” stated Misty Belles, handling director of the travel agency community Virtuoso. “Local celebrations that carry together communities, from street gala's to state gala's, are returning.”

At this year’s Iowa State Fair, which runs Aug. 12-22, there might be no farm-to-honest dinner, the own family-fashion sit down-down meal for 500 at some point of which Iowa farmers solution questions. Nor will there be the standard on-web page grape stomping. However, fairgoers will discover a new park for tractor pulls.

At the Indiana State Fair, which runs July 30-Aug. 22, Covid vaccinations might be available, and completely vaccinated people will no longer be required to wear masks. Eating contests — consisting of an ice cream ingesting championship — are shelved this year. And to unfold out the crowds, truthful organizers have delivered a weekend at the front of the honest schedule however are ultimate the fair Mondays and Tuesdays.

New England’s Eastern States Exposition, called “The Big E,” will run Sept. 17-Oct. three with no restrictions, CEO Eugene Cassidy stated. “Minor adjustments can be unrecognizable, even as others can be greater obvious, like a combined each day parade in place of two separate parades,” he said.

The Oregon State Fair, which runs Aug. 27-Sept. 6, is also again at complete ability, and not using a masks or bodily distancing necessities or evidence of vaccination, fair officials say. But there could be no California State Fair — Cal Expo — this summer because the nation fairgrounds are nonetheless being used as a mass vaccination middle.

As cities and states open back up again, they are going all out to get traffic’ attention — and their travel dollars — past nation festivals.

Theme Parks, gala's, attractions

Theme parks and points of interest from Disney to Dollywood were welcoming site visitors for months, with protection protocols already in area — but with summer season transferring into high gear, more sights are reopening.

The Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood reopened on June 26 after being closed for over a yr. Opening hours are adjusted and there are some new submit-pandemic additions to the tour, including an improved Central Perk Café where visitors can dine in re-created sets stimulated through the show.

At Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, “Our guests are enjoying the Summer Celebration, which opened on June 25 and consists of the brand new multisensory fireworks and drone show,” Pete Owens, a Dollywood Company spokesman, stated.

In New York City, the indoors of the Statue of Liberty as much as the pedestal/indoors (however no longer the crown) reopened to the general public beforehand of the July 4 weekend. “We’re seeing a homecoming to normalcy with an abundance of new and returning events and sights across all 5 boroughs,” said Chris Heywood of NYC & Company advertising agency, which includes NYC Restaurant Week and the U.S. Open.

After being dismantled and revamped, SkyWheel Myrtle Beach in South Carolina is returned spinning, with a new wheel structure, refurbished gondolas, and new contemporary lights systems for mild shows.

Even the Enchanted Forest subject matter park, near Salem, Oregon, is welcoming visitors once more. The family-owned enchantment had obtained dying threats when it introduced mask and proof of vaccination could be required at the entrance, so it pushed back its establishing date until Covid regulations had been comfortable.

Cruises also are returned — though confined this summer because of ability restrictions.

“It’s taken 15 months to have the ability to say, however cruising is formally back — and for North Americans, there are some of alternatives to consider,” Colleen McDaniel, editor in chief of Cruise Critic, stated.

Ships are scheduled to leave Florida and Texas for Caribbean cruises, and Seattle for Alaskan cruises, and tourists also can fly to St. Martin or the Bahamas and go away on select ships from those ports, she stated.

The summer concert season has also again to many cities, with Lollapalooza at Chicago’s Grant Park on July 29 with headliners together with Miley Cyrus, Foo Fighters and Post Malone. The Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival is scheduled for Sept. 2-5 in Manchester, Tennessee.

In the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, Tanglewood is returned with a complete summer season of performances by means of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and live shows by Brandi Carlile, soul-gospel icon Mavis Staples and people singer Judy Collins.

Maryland’s DelFest, based by using bluegrass pioneer Del McCoury, is likewise returned at the books for Sept. 23-26 — and McCoury, now eighty two, said he is disturbing for the festival’s return.

“It’s the longest I’ve ever long past without gambling, and since my sons are within the band, it become specifically hard,” he said. “I suppose it’s going to be very emotional. Tears have come to my eyes oftentimes when I examine the notes approximately how excited longtime fanatics are to be coming returned.”

(This is a barely one of a kind model of a story we wrote for NBC News)

Chocolate at IND Airport; Motivational Mirrors at ELP Airport; Merch at CVG

We can inform journey is inching returned to ‘ordinary’ due to the fact airports are web hosting a laugh activities and inspiring tourists to paste around and have interaction.

Two super examples: Indianapolis International Airport (IND) welcomed the Sweets & Snacks Expo to town (sure, that’s a thing!) with an in-terminal chocolate sculpting demonstration.

And as part of its ongoing Elevate Love Project, El Paso International Airport (ELP) has motivational messages on restroom mirrors.

Chocolate sculpture at IND Airport

Indianapolis International Airport (IND) joined forces with Indy-based totally Endangered Species Chocolate to host a live chocolate sculpture carving through Chef Paul Joachim, called the Chocolate Genius.

You can see the motion inside the video clip below.

Motivational Messages from ELP Airport

A Twitter message from El Paso International Airport (ELP) on National Selfie Day sparked our curiosity about the writing on the restroom reflect inside the photograph.

It turns out that is a part of the airport’s Elevate Love Project, so named to match with the airport’s name signal ELP.

“Our workforce submitted their positivity and we located them at the mirrors to enhance the temper of all people who sees them,” explains, ELP Education and Graphics Specialist Asa Aguilar. “We have had incredible responses from the public and plenty of humans have submitted to this initiative.”

Here are some samples of the messages and the selfies human beings have shared. Great concept!

We had been also curious about the chook within the photo. And we're thrilled to study that that is Red T. Hawk, El Paso International Airport’s mascot and ambassador.

We suppose each airport ought to have a mascot and we’re thrilled to feature Red T. Hawk to our list.

Fresh Airport Merch at CVG

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) now has an internet merch shop. Our favourite item? The airport socks, of route. Bonus: 15% off.