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Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival – High River
September 25 @ 9:00 am - September 29 @ 5:00 pmFree
Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival in High River, Alberta, Canada September 25-29, 2019. This is a Hot Air Balloon Competition featuring the event, “Night Glow” is a unique event and a staple of the town of High River, Alberta in the summertime.
Did you know that a hot air balloon race is not a race in the way one might expect? There is no waving of a starter’s flag or firing of a starter’s pistol. The balloons don’t actually “race” at all. A balloon race is actually a navigation contest – a competition to determine who can best navigate their balloon to one or more locations. A competitive balloon flight is usually about an hour long, during which the participants compete to see who most accurately completes one or more tasks. The competitor achieving the best result in a task receives 1,000 points, and all other competitors receive between 1,000 and 0 points, based on their performance compared to the winner. The champion or winner is the competitor who accumulates the most points over the event. To declare a champion, there usually has to be at least two (2) flights and three (3) tasks completed.
The night show is an event that can never be forgotten!
Hot Air Balloon Terminology
– Bag: A heavy canvas like container that holds the envelope, stuff sack.
– Basket: The wicker carriage that holds people, fuel tanks, and other flight equipment.
– Burner: Apparatus that changes liquid propane to vapor and supplies ignition for flame.
– Chase Crew: People who assist the pilot in launch, flight, chase, landing, deflation and pack up.
– Chase Vehicle: Vehicle used to carry balloon to launch site and to retrieve it at landing site.
– Cold Inflation: The process of filling the envelope with cold air.
– Crown: Top of the envelope.
– Crown Line: Rope attached to the top of the balloon used to control inflation and deflation.
– Drop Line: A rope connected to the basket that is dropped to a crew person on the ground that can pull the balloon to a suitable place to deflate.
– Envelope: The fabric part of the balloon.
– Equator: Middle section of the envelope.
– Fuel Tanks: Containers where propane is stored for use during inflation and flight.
– Hot Inflation: Heating the cold air with burners until the envelope will stand vertical Inflator.
– Fan: A fan used to blow cold air into the envelope.
– Landowner: A person who owns the property on which you are trespassing.
(You should get permission whenever possible. Do not drive through crops or try to go through locked gates. Do not cut fences. Stay on the edge of a field to cause the least amount of impact.)
– Load Tapes: Vertical and horizontal straps that run between fabric panels and that the fabric is attached to.
– Mouth: The opening in the bottom of the envelope.
– Vent Line: Rope attached to the top cap or valve. Used to let out hot air during landing and deflation.
– Radio: Used to communicate instructions from pilot to crew.
– Skirt: Fabric connected to the throat to aid with cold inflation. Some balloons have a partial skirt called a scoop.
– Suspension Lines: Cables or ropes that connect the envelope to the basket.
– Tie Off: The rope that anchors the basket to the chase vehicle to keep the balloon from dragging on a windy inflation.
– Parachute: the part at the top of the balloon used to let out hot air to maneuver to different levels and to deflate the balloon.
– Weight Off: Lightly holding on to basket at launch to control direction away from objects.