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2014 Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship

The 2014 Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship returns for its Third year in Gonzales, right in the heart of Ascension Parish.

Join us Saturday, September 27th, at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. The festival will combine hot air balloons, entertainment, music, and a great opportunity for photography.

Also if you are attending Time-Lapsed Photography Event this is a good place to practice your new skills.

Gear Suggestions

• Camera

• Lenses can be wide or telephoto zoom

• Tripod

Remote release we like the Yongnuo photographic equipment very affordable.
You could use the camera's self-timer in lieu of the remote release .

Head Light - Good for checking your camera settings.

• Something to sit on, the grass can get damp as night descends.

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  • minnetta h.

    Jeff, I did post 3 pictures, thanks

    October 1, 2014

  • minnetta h.

    I had a great time, I didn't see any one that I knew. I did take a lot of pictures.

    September 28, 2014

    • Jeff T.

      Glad you had a good time. Post a few of your pictures if you haven't already done so.

      September 29, 2014

  • Bryan

    We are now by the balloon... One you can ride...

    1 · September 27, 2014

    • Cathy G

      Sorry we missed everyone, when we finally got to the riding balloon we didn't see anyone and my phone was broke and Bev's phone was dead. We went to sign in at the hotel and got stuck in traffic. It was close to 6:30 - 7:00 before we got back to the festival. But thank you Bryan and Rebecca this was wonderful. See y'all next time.

      September 28, 2014

    • Henry Y.

      I headed to Bogalusa Blues Festival , looks like you guys had fun !

      September 28, 2014

  • Cathy G

    Loved it. We didn't see anyone but it was nice. Can't wait to post some pics and see everyone's pics also. Anyone going tomorrow? They said the best place will be at Centeral Elementry in Prairieville only a few minutes from the fest. 7:00 a. m. the balloons will past over the school or land there.

    September 27, 2014

    • Cathy G

      Balloon activity cancelled just started a light rain

      September 28, 2014

  • Cherie

    Had great time. Thanks Rebecca and Bryan

    September 27, 2014

  • Jeff T.

    Not as good as last year, no balloons flew during the day. The glow was good and fireworks show average.

    September 27, 2014

  • Ming C.

    Pretty excited experience with so many people participated.

    September 27, 2014

  • Tremaine

    Had a blast

    September 27, 2014

  • Tremaine

    Had a blast

    September 27, 2014

  • Melanie M.

    Unfortunately, the only way I can go now is with a ride. If anybody wants to give me a lift, please message me.

    September 26, 2014

    • Bill C.

      Melanie, I'm attending late as I have another shoot Saturday afternoon. I'll contact you when done and see if you still need a ride. Bill

      1 · September 27, 2014

    • Bill C.

      Melanie, the couple kept asking more time just finished. I think it's going to be too late. Sorry for Inconvenience. .

      1 · September 27, 2014

  • Challie

    I just left. I got some photos of the people trying to wrangle the tethered balloon and a couple of vertical shots. I hope the other balloons show up for you.

    September 27, 2014

    • Bryan

      They are just inflating another one...

      September 27, 2014

    • Challie

      I posted the best shot I got.

      September 27, 2014

  • Katrina P.

    Waiting in line to get in.

    September 27, 2014

  • D.L. K.

    Where r we meeting? Ticket counter or entrance by car show?

    September 27, 2014

    • Salvadore Zanco J.

      We are in front of the big balloon. Brian has on a fishing hat and Becca has a sign around her neck.

      September 27, 2014

    • Kelly C.

      Ok. On our way in a few

      September 27, 2014

  • Bryan

    Lets meet by ticket counter? I see no balloons...:-(

    September 27, 2014

    • Jeff T.

      Yes, it is $2 to get in.

      September 27, 2014

    • Bryan

      A mile away... See you in an hour... :-)

      1 · September 27, 2014

  • Bryan

    We are just inside the main gate... One balloon up...

    September 27, 2014

  • Salvadore Zanco J.

    I'm here, however no balloons up yet.

    September 27, 2014

  • Bryan

    Traffic backed up coming off highway... :-(

    1 · September 27, 2014

    • Bryan

      Fun wasn't it...:-) just now turning into place...

      September 27, 2014

    • Bryan

      They could use some better traffic management ...

      1 · September 27, 2014

  • Bryan

    If you arrive early or late feel free to post a comment to meet other members.

    September 27, 2014

  • D.L. K.

    Me and 3 others are here. Balloons will not go up. 6:30 is the balloon glow. Because of wind balloons will go up tomorrow morning.

    September 27, 2014

    • Desi W.

      Good afternoon, I will not be able to make it as well, haven't been feeling good all day. Thought I'll make it for the balloon glow but no such luck. Get some good pics for me :)

      September 27, 2014

    • Bryan

      Sorry to miss you guys today... See you at the next event!

      1 · September 27, 2014

  • Silke

    Right now there's not even a tethered balloon up. Unless the wind dies down we may not get our glow.

    September 27, 2014

    • Silke

      I hope so. When they announced the band, they only said "fireworks" this evening. But it's almost three now. I'll post if a balloon goes up.

      September 27, 2014

    • Silke

      Looks like they'll give it a try right now.

      September 27, 2014

  • Kelly C.

    Is anyone meeting at a particular spot ? I have never been before. Is there a levee anywhere away from crowds? Thanks

    September 25, 2014

    • Jeff T.

      Ticket window has been moved further out closer to parking lot. One you pay to enter, you pass a large building before entering the grassy area. Perhaps the entrance of the grassy area would be a good place to meet?

      September 27, 2014

    • Bryan

      Sounds like a good idea, Jeff... Will follow up again when we are on our way...

      September 27, 2014

  • Bryan

    We will need to keep an eye on the weather... Rain and t-storm chances increase in Gonzales around sunset, earlier in New Orleans as the storms are coming in from the Gulf... Fingers crossed!

    September 27, 2014

    • Jeff T.

      I am in Gonzales now and weather is good at this time.

      1 · September 27, 2014

    • Bryan

      Looks like the forecast is now to not rain until after midnight... :-) Looking good!

      September 27, 2014

  • Silke

    Don't forget to bring rain protection for your camera, just in case. It is a long walk back to the car and not much shelter on the way.

    September 27, 2014

  • Ming C.

    I am leaving from River Ridge around 1:30pm. If Melanie want to take a ride at that time or someone else want take a ride, Please let me know.

    September 27, 2014

  • Cathy G

    We (Beverly, Julie and myself) will be there around 10:00 am on Saturday, cant wait to see everyone. What gear is everyone bring? Anyone doing the night photography?

    September 25, 2014

    • Silke

      The balloons will fly over the parish early in the morning, right after sunrise. For that you probably want a tele. For the (very beautiful) balloon glow at sunset, I usually do best with a wideangle. Also essential for the glow is a tripod. You need really long exposures.

      1 · September 26, 2014

    • Ming C.

      Thanks for the info.

      September 26, 2014

  • Silke

    Oh, and I almost forgot: bugspray! We're going to be out in the grass at sunset.

    September 26, 2014

  • Silke

    Hurray, finally an event where I don't have to get up in the middle of the night to drive to NO.

    September 26, 2014

  • Heidi

    Lamar Dixon after Hurricane Katrina had 2000 horses, dogs, cats that were lost & abandoned. My pets were left at a kennel in New Orleans when the vet decided to leave town & did not notify the pet owners. I first checked LSU vet school that also housed animals & was heart broken when I couldn't find my cat & dog. My kids & I were most grateful & thrilled when we found them at Lamar Dixon.

    July 29, 2014

    • Bonnie

      You evacuated without taking your pets?

      September 26, 2014

  • William H P.

    Sorry, I will not be able to make the balloon race this year , because of another engagement on that weekend. You'll have fun.

    August 14, 2014

    • Katrina P.

      Bill, the SPCA event is for both Saturday and Sunday? If so, I'll be able to make it on Sunday.

      September 18, 2014

    • William H P.

      No only Saturday.

      September 18, 2014

  • Tremaine

    First time going to this event. Any suggestion on lens chose.

    September 12, 2014

    • Tremaine

      Like a 18-22mm?

      September 13, 2014

    • Jeff T.

      That would work on the wide angle side and a[masked] or longer for the telephoto. I am bringing a[masked] and a[masked]

      September 17, 2014

  • William H P.

    Me to stay in the hotel that week end.

    July 29, 2014

    • Henry Y.

      Just booked at Clarion total 110 , but can cancel if needed !

      August 14, 2014

    • Jeff T.

      I just booked a room at the Hampton Inn in Gonzales.

      August 15, 2014

  • Cathy G

    Clarion Inn Conference Center[masked] @ W. Hwy 30 only 10 minutes away. booking up fast

    August 14, 2014

  • Cathy G

    Any suggestions on what camera gear would be best to bring and are we shooting at night?

    August 13, 2014

    • Cathy G

      St. Tammany Photographic Society August 14, 2014 Meeting: FOCUS STACKING USING PHOTOSHOP presented by Charlie Leche Charlie Leche will do a brief presentation on 'focus stacking'. He

      August 14, 2014

    • Cathy G

      tonight at 7

      August 14, 2014

  • Heidi

    I would love to attend but that is the same day as LSU's family day & football game. My son will be a senior so I will attend LSU festivities. Let's do the balloon fest again next year.

    June 21, 2014

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