Colorado Balloon Classic

Update: I scouted this last w/e and all parking will be in surrounding areas OUTSIDE memorial park.  The good news is there is plenty of parking in the area.  Below is a link to a map of the park and designated parking areas.

Meetup location

In front of the Ice Center Building (noted in the below map)

http://www.balloonclassic.com/library/images/Event Years/2012/2012 Parking Pass Map.pdf

My cell number is[masked]

Also, if you are not planning on attending please remove yourself from the RSVP list

The Colorado Balloon Classic (a division of Colorado Springs Balloon Classic, Inc.) was organized in 1977 and has grown to be the largest and the longest continuously running hot air balloon festival in the Rocky Mountain Region as well as the State of Colorado.

I am planning on being there all day (including the morning lift offs) but the focus of this meet-up is night shots which starts at 7:30 PM (Lay out Balloons for Balloon Glo) and 8:00PM (Inflate Balloons for Balloon Glo). There is also a concert which starts at 5:00pm

Plenty of opportunities for our photo eyes and to work on our night photography. Be sure to bring a tripod as well
Below is a link to the balloon schedule
http://www.balloonclassic.com/page.asp?id=10
I will followup with specific meet-up details as the event nears

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  • David E. K.

    the classic was good even if Sunday was a bust in the morning. There was somewhat a glow sat night which I was surprised due to the rain that afternoon. We hade a good flight Monday . The weather is the real control of this event. This makes the trip down a hassle if the weather does not cooperate. You need to spend the whole holiday there to get the chances to get the pictures you want and be flexible. There have been only a couple times that we did not fly at all.

    September 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The event itself was amazing, beyond words.

    September 3, 2013

  • Bob C.

    will work on better logistics next year as well as I think 4:30 was too early

    September 1, 2013

  • Bob C.

    well I tried but the weather did not cooperate. Stayed Sat night and hope to get some shot only to see it canceled to high winds. Bummer. On to next year

    September 1, 2013

  • Tammy I.

    Do you know when or if the balloons will go up Monday morning?

    September 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      just got home from Memorial Park. the Glo for tonight has been cancelled.... asked about the morning and the reply was it all depends on the wind..... been a bad year....

      September 1, 2013

  • Eddie R.

    The balloons did not take off Sunday morning despite the fact that it was dead calm in Castle Rock at 5:30 am. By the time I got to the field there was probably a 10-15 mph wind. Couldn't even launch the tethered balloons for show.

    September 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    thanks for the idea . . . I was there but with traffic and rain and construction I didn't get there till late. I loved the Balloon Glow and have some nice images. I look forward to attending again next year.

    August 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So I am here in the middle of the park. Where do I find people.

    August 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Rain made me decide to go tomorrow instead.....

    August 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My schedule changed and I will not be able to make it.

    August 31, 2013

  • Bob C.

    I am at the ice center plenty of parking in the area

    August 31, 2013

  • Mary

    Just able to make arrangements to come since work was scheduled .... Hoping to catch up a little later with everyone. I don't want to miss out. See you all there!

    August 31, 2013

  • Mary

    I had to work so I am doing a last minute RSVP and will arrive a little later than your meet up, but I will find you I hope.

    August 31, 2013

  • Ivan

    Planning on joining you guys little later today after 6pm

    August 31, 2013

  • Mayank P.

    I am really this is last minute cancellation but my family also wanted to check this family out so I will be there this evening but I do not want to add family members as RSVP here. Hope to see all of you around.

    August 31, 2013

  • Dian R.

    I'm needing to work later than expected. Marlene Feldt and I plan on coming but won't be able to meet up with u at 4:30.

    August 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will be going Sunday.

    August 30, 2013

  • David E. K.

    We will probably be late as we have a dinner appointment. but will look for the members on the field. Since our balloon does not glow I can actually take pictures that evening.

    August 26, 2013

    • Bob C.

      welcome to call me we are also staying the night

      August 27, 2013

  • Roberta

    Yep, we sure do! Monday is Labor Day, a holiday. I also made a mistake, Wildfire usually launches from about midway up the hill toward the lake.

    August 26, 2013

  • Eddie R.

    Since they launch on Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings, I will probably be there on Sunday.

    August 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Is it really they will launch on monday?

      August 25, 2013

  • Charles P.

    I'm not going to mark myself as going. For I'm not sure which days I'll be able to make it and/or mornings or nights at this time. I'm sure I'll make one or two events but which ones are up in the air. (no pun intended here)

    August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Going to have to cancel, I will just be getting back from San Fran

    August 23, 2013

  • Roberta

    Dave Kipf and I will be there all weekend, as chase crew for Wildfire (our usual space is D4), you are all welcome to stop by and see us. Dave and I will be at the Saturday night Glo.

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it. First timer.

    August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to learning a lot about night time photography

    August 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    looking forward to this this year, missed it last year....

    August 12, 2013

  • Ivan

    I was there couple of years ago and it was amazing. Looking forward to shoot beautiful balloons

    August 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    wish I could be there, but they've changed the oncall schedule

    June 24, 2013

  • Robin

    In Telluride for the annual Movie Festival! Have fun!

    May 23, 2013

  • Roberta

    Of course we'll be there, we're always there as support crew for Wildfire

    1 · April 23, 2013

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