Over the weekend my family and I attended the Dutchess County Balloon Festival at Shadows in Poughkeepsie. What a cool experience! 

The event, which was celebrating its 25th anniversary, drew thousands of people looking to catch a glimpse of the colorful balloons that launched from both Shadows, the Dutchess County Airport and Migliorelli Farm in Red Hook this past weekend.

I wasn't sure what to expect -- how exciting could a balloon launch possibly be? But I left the event very impressed. It's really interesting to see the launch prep work give way to delicate launches that depend on local wind speed to even launch in the first place. Don't miss next year's event!