Every year Indianola plays host to the National Balloon Classic. Many years ago we were host to the National Balloon Championship but they decided to go elsewhere but because balloons were so ingrained in our community we decided to continue with the Classic. We haven't had any problems getting teams to come for the competitions and the hospitality and the community loves it. (Ok, maybe some in the community are balloon scrooges but they don't really count, do they?)
If you have never had the opportunity to see a hot-air balloon and especially the chance to see one set up and take off then too bad for you. If you ever get the chance, I would definitely recommend it. They are really cool and pretty amazing up close. Even after all of these years (35 and counting) I continue to gawk at the sky when 25-30 balloons all take off and fill the horizon.
Like many things of this nature, there are plenty of photographers who have captured the experience for all to see and share. These are my first attempts.
Balloons will take of from wherever they can but they MUST get permission from the homeowner before setting up. It is a major faux pas (and just plain rude) to just trounce around someone else's property without getting their consent.