First Philly Balloon and Music Competition begins right now in Chester County with meals, video games and enjoyable

WEST VINCENT TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — Balloons are flying excessive above Chester County this vacation weekend for the primary Philly Balloon and Music Competition in West Vincent Township.

The pageant begins Friday and runs by Monday.

“We named it the Philly Balloon Competition as a result of consider it or not, when you go as much as round 500 toes, you get an exquisite view of the Philly skyline,” defined occasion proprietor Jake Body of Lancaster Balloon Rides.

Competition Producer Bruce Mowday spoke to us from inside a balloon.

“We’re celebrating our independence, which is clearly for Philadelphia, and Philly was truly the primary areas the place balloons flew in america,” mentioned Mowday.

Balloons fired up earlier than dawn, with the glow shining by the darkish sky. As day broke, different balloons stood up.

There are greater than 20 balloons for the pageant of all totally different sizes and styles.

Body defined what it feels prefer to fly in a single.

“You are floating alongside, you do not even really feel it as soon as you allow the bottom. It is good and easy, and no peak sensation, so when you’re fearful of heights it isn’t an issue,” Body mentioned.

You should be 6 years or older to trip a balloon, and tickets are required for pageant flights, which occur at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

You can even soar in line for tethered balloons.

Organizers have hosted an identical occasion in Lancaster for the final 11 years, and they’re going to once more in September.

This weekend, there are beer and wine gardens, fireworks Sunday evening, video games, and music.

“We have acres and acres of room right here, so you are not going to be shoulder to shoulder with of us. You are going to have some respiration room,” Mowday mentioned.

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