May meetup - Balloon festival in Lake Worth (take 2)

We tried this last year but the weather was not great; in fact, I'm not sure the balloons even got off the ground. I'm very excited to give this another try (especially because I was out of town last year and missed it completely).

Note that there is no cost to attend but donations will be accepted to support the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.

An event for the entire family comes to Gulfstream Polo Club. The Polo & Balloon Festival has something for everyone, including a weekend of polo, music, hot air balloon rides, food, vendors and more.

Each morning dozens of hot air balloons will take off from the polo field in a mass ascension. Attendees are invited to walk among the six- and seven-story balloons as they inflate and lift off. To honor our servicemen and women on Saturday morning, 20 Marines will be given balloon rides. Be sure to come out and thank them for their service.

Saturday morning's schedule is as follows (I plan on getting there around 6:15-6:30):
6:00 AM: Gates Open

6:30 AM: Balloons Inflate
7:00 AM: Mass Ascension
9:00 AM: Close

Note that if you can not make it at this time, the event actual starts Friday night and ends Sunday so there is a lot of opportunity.

I spoke to one of the coordinators of the event and he told me that we can "bring a friend to volunteer to be balloon crew I'll assign everyone a balloon and they can photograph inflation, flight and landing." He said the balloon crew helps to set up and pack away the balloons and that it's quite the experience.

Here are some pictures from their website from prior events.

Breakfast will be served at the event.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a good but humid time Saturday morning. Camera lens issues as with others (fogging up). Couldn't capture some of the shots I would have liked because there were so many photographers who wouldn't give way for others. Weather didn't work with us, I was really looking forward to the Glow. Maybe next year.

    May 15, 2013

  • Oscar G.

    meetup was very good lots of photographers !
    i just saw that the albun is full ....how do i unload my pictures ?
    please help ....!

    May 13, 2013

  • Ann K.

    Had a great time. Thanks so much for organizing this. This was our first meetup and we are looking forward to more of them! I did just try to upload a few photos but apparently the site is maxed out!

    May 13, 2013

    • Tammy C.

      I had no idea there was a maximum. Will someone else try to upload a picture to see if it works (I'm not home now and can't try)?

      May 13, 2013

  • Arlene A.

    I usually don't do mornings but this one was a MORNING!

    May 13, 2013

  • sandi

    Thanks for all the GREAT horse shots.

    May 12, 2013

  • Christine B.

    Did you all see the news tonight! The green shamrock balloon crashed and hit a rooftop! Seem they are ok, but say "they had nothing to do with the balloon event"... Did he not know he had 150 photographers there shooting him!

    1 · May 12, 2013

  • Irv Halper & Marcia F.

    Tammy, as always a great job. I've been watching the comments back and forth about name tags, etc. Members should recognize that this was an unusual shoot due to the turnout. Nearly everyone had a camera, was it necessary for them to be identified as a member for you to meet them. Name tags are a great idea for a smaller group. How about a little contest for the members to come up with a graphic design and vote on a winner.Then anyone who wants one can get it made up?

    May 12, 2013

    • Tammy C.

      Actually, we have a logo already... See the home page. :)

      May 12, 2013

    • Kit S.

      Some groups have a name badge and ID in a plastic cover on a lanyard which they wear around their necks. You could just keep it in your camera bag or glove compartment. Just another idea.

      May 12, 2013

  • Steve B.

    Tammy once again, thank you for putting together another great Photo Walk The event made my special guest very happy and memorable.

    May 12, 2013

  • Arthur J.

    Tammy, you did great as usual. We all owe you thanks.

    May 12, 2013

  • Gonzalo G.

    I just came from the event' it was really great and the early light magic.
    One suggestion, there were many members like me around the field and some people asked if we had a place to meet and if I was a member too. Could be have a badge with our club logo and our name that we could wear in all these events so we know are family?

    3 · May 11, 2013

    • Sara

      Great idea! Have a set color shirt to wear so we have an idea of who is with the group!

      May 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sounds to me like you did a great job...a ton of people showed up and had a fabulous time taking wonderful photos, what more could you want?

      May 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I missed yesterday's meetup but got out there this morning. Not nearly as many balloons but still enjoyed seeing them up close. The road was a wet, bumpy mess.

    May 12, 2013

  • shari W.

    I had no idea what to expect and it was a tremendous event. Had a lot of fun. Thank you Tammy for the great organizing....never did find the meet-up group but that was ok. Got some great pics and love the posted ones.

    May 12, 2013

  • Sara

    My first meet up and excited to say it was an amazing experience!

    May 11, 2013

  • Eileen L.

    Terrific meetup. What a fantastic opportunity for us to see such an unusual sight. It was photo opportunity overload. Loved it.

    May 11, 2013

  • Karen C.

    Wonderful time indeed. Big "thank you" to all the organizers; appreciate all your work. Great morning weather, sun and good to see lots of familiar faces.

    1 · May 11, 2013

  • Steve B.

    Had a great time with interesting Photo Opportunities

    May 11, 2013

  • Jose B.

    Had a great time this morning and went by so fast! awesome pics everybody!

    1 · May 11, 2013

  • Kent L.

    Great. If you didn't enjoy it, it was your fault.

    May 11, 2013

  • Jon H.

    Just want to echo what everyone else is saying, great event and thank you to the organizers. Still sorting through many amazing shots as I am sure everyone is, very difficult to take a bad picture this morning. Thanks again.

    May 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone going back Saturday night when the balloons land and do a "balloon glow"?

    May 9, 2013

    • Carmen L.

      I think I might be there as well as long as the weather holds out. i didn't get to go up as the wind picked up.

      May 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Play it by ear then?? I didn't get any photos because I brought my niece and she was not thrilled with being covered in wet grass. Ended up having to carry her to the car lol.

      May 11, 2013

  • Carlos R.

    This was a great event!!! Thank you for the invite!

    May 11, 2013

  • Arthur J.

    Very nice, the balloons got up and were beautiful.

    May 11, 2013

  • David D.

    Absolutely FANTASTIC !!!!! Great photo ops. Weather perfect, although it did start to get a bit warm as the sun came up. Would love to do it again.

    May 11, 2013

  • Jesse L

    was a wonderful event, never hooked up with the group
    left my wide angle lens in the car, darn.

    May 11, 2013

    • Carmen L.

      I know the feeling I got home and all my pics have a haze on them. grr.... Might go back in the am to try again

      May 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How was the parking?

    May 11, 2013

  • Catherine T.

    I had a great time. Lots of people with cameras, but didn't know who was with the group.

    May 11, 2013

  • Joe V.

    Great fun!

    May 11, 2013

  • Kit S.

    Wonderful meet up. Great shots and they took off this year!

    May 11, 2013

  • Christine B.

    Great morning! Got some beautiful shots! Thanks for organizing it! Looking forward to more!!

    May 11, 2013

  • Jocely J.

    Had a ton of fun! I didn't find you guys maybe next time. one of the pictures I captured. https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamai...­

    May 11, 2013

  • Shari J B.

    Had a great time... Going back tonight !

    May 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had fun! Had to leave early because my niece was fussy. Hope to see everyone this evening!!

    May 11, 2013

  • Luis Fernando N.

    It was an awesome event. My two kids really enjoyed it too. Thanks for planning it!!!

    May 11, 2013

  • Wendy G.

    I'm here! Where are you guys?

    May 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      No idea where everyone is lol.

      May 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where is everyone??

    May 11, 2013

    • Tammy C.

      By the paws 4 liberty test. On the left.

      May 11, 2013

  • ADRIANE G.

    I am here!!!!

    May 11, 2013

  • Sara

    I'm here!!

    May 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    On my way!!!!

    May 11, 2013

  • Luis Fernando N.

    How is the weather holding? Do you think they will ascend?

    May 11, 2013

    • Arlene A.

      I checked my weather program and it's supposed to be sunny and 85 degrees F.

      1 · May 11, 2013

    • Tammy C.

      Seems nice!

      1 · May 11, 2013

  • Arlene A.

    I drove by and noticed that once you park your car, you can just go on in. A good place to meet would be in front of the first booth you see, "Paws4Liberty." They said they'd be happy to help us out to have a place to get coordinated.

    2 · May 10, 2013

  • Carmen L.

    I went tonight hoping to see the balloons at night but I didn't stay it started to drizzle. They weren't sure if the balloons would go up as it was a tad windy. Got my ticket so we'll see if I go in a balloon tomorrow, they go up about 30 feet. Lots of parking and they had tons of people directing. Parking is free but they are taking donations. My first polo match it was inserting to watch. got some good shots

    1 · May 10, 2013

  • Chatcky

    Exactly where do we meet at the balloon place?

    May 10, 2013

  • John W. C.

    Maria is coming too

    May 10, 2013

  • Jose B.

    http://camera47.wordpress.com/2...­

    Found this link earlier, thought you all could benefit. Good tips for photographing Hot Air Balloons.

    4 · May 10, 2013

    • Sara C.

      Thanks for the link.

      May 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you!!!

      May 10, 2013

  • Rajesh R.

    Tammy,
    Thank you for organizing yet another exciting event. I am going to be unable to attend due to photography needs of a client. Would it be okay for me to go on Sunday morning?
    Thanks,
    Raj

    May 10, 2013

  • Bob P.

    I would like to assist as one of the balloon crews. What time will they want us there?

    May 10, 2013

    • Sara

      6:15-6:30 AM

      May 10, 2013

  • Steve B.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone again.

    May 10, 2013

  • Jesse L

    able to go at last minute

    1 · May 10, 2013

  • Jesse L

    have an eye doc appointment

    May 10, 2013

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