This morning on the Great Lawn in Waterfront Park, we spotted yet another inflatable animal descending on downtown Louisville. This time, the giant cow turned out to be a hot air balloon participating in this weekend’s Bluegrass Balloon Festival at Bowman Field (formerly the Adam Matthews Balloon Festival). You might remember the IdeaFestival run-in with a giant inflatable cow on the Belvedere a couple year’s back brought in by West8 Landscape Studio from the Netherlands. Perhaps this is the beginning of an inflatable animal / IdeaFest tradition?
Here’s some info about the event:
The Louisville skyline will host a birthday party of gigantic proportions for the 10th anniversary of the Bluegrass Balloon Festival, September 26 – 28, 2008. The celebration includes a 90 foot Meijer birthday cake and Chuggles, the crowd-pleasing Dean’s Milk balloon! Pilots from across the United States and Canada will descend on Louisville for the largest event of its kind in Kentucky. The festival offers something for everyone from the mass ascension in the early morning light to the magical radiance of balloons aglow at night.
Admission to the festival is $2 for walk-ins or $10 per vehicle and will benefit children’s charities. There’s a lot going on at the three-day event, so for a full schedule, go to the official site.