We took our kids to the International Hot Air Balloon Festival in St Jean Sur Richeliue. It was a rainy day and we weren’t sure if the balloons would fly, but as usual I remained positive. It wasn’t raining when we arrived so we had time to walk around.
There is so much to do, so many different games for the kids to play. There are free games and of course the traditional carnival games and rides too for a price. The kids loved the life size chess, checkers, snakes and ladders, as well as the tic tac toe.
We stopped and had fresh lemonade which the kids loved. Next as a treat the girls had cotton candy in a bag, because by then it started to rain. My son opted for a candy apple. Good sticky fun. I had a Tim Horton’s dark coffee, no sugar of course.
My youngest and oldest loved the hula hoops. Another great area for free play.
We heard the rocking tunes of what sounded like Hedley so we went to check it out.
We were just in time to hear Hedley’s soundcheck. It was a phenomenal preview to the show later that evening.
As we walked back to our van, we saw people setting up for the concert, a little farther from the stage, smart to think of bringing a tent to keep dry, and listen to one of Canada’s best bands. A great tip for next year
Once we decided to pack it up for the day, there was an announcement that the balloons would not be taking off due to the weather.
We did get to see the baskets up close. It reminded me so much of The Wizard of Oz. It’s pretty cool to think people have been flying in these since November 21, 1783. Thats 231 years of Hot Air Balloons!
I’m positive we’ll see the balloons in the air next year when we return but if we don’t we’ll still have a great time.