London_International_Hot_Air_Balloon_Festival

London International Hot Air Balloon Festival

The London Hot-Air Balloon Festival (London Balloon Festival) is an annual hot-air balloon festival held in London, Ontario. The festival, which was founded in 1983 and originally called the London Balloon Fiesta, takes place in Harris Park at the forks of the Thames River during Simcoe Day (first Monday in August) weekend. The current sponsor of the festival is Sundance Balloons. Spectators can get very close to the balloons, as there are no fixed barricades separating the launch area.

There are several special-shaped balloons which regularly attend, including the Canadian Flag, Maple Leaf, Tyrone the T-Rex.

In addition to the balloon launches and rides, the festival features various other attractions including a full amusement park midway, concerts, and a night glow. Musical acts featured at the 2006 festival include Canadian artists Sloan and Mobile, as well as London band Bobnoxious.

In March 2008, Sundance Balloons announced that the 2008 edition of the event would not be held following several consecutive years of financial losses associated with the festival.

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