Penang Hot Air Balloon Festival 2018

Penang Hot Air Balloon Festival 2018

Since it’s beginning in 2015 the Penang Hot Air Balloon Festival has displayed a beautiful assortment of giant hot air balloons. However, it gets better every year! In 2018, the festival featured 7 new balloon designs including a little dog, heart shape and Yoda.

The annual festival is held during the Chinese New Year celebrations. As a result, it draws huge crowds. This year the balloon festival hosted over 100,000 visitors.

Penang Hot Air Balloon Festival 2018

An early arrival will allow visitors to beat the crowds and watch the balloons emerge into the rising sun.

Sunrise at Padang Polo Field

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The annual Penang festival was held at Padang Polo field from 7AM-930PM on Saturday and Sunday, February 24 & 25. The location is ideal to facilitate the large crowd but it is also well positioned for great photos.

Therefore, photographers can take advantage of the morning light and enjoy the rising sun.

Penang Hot Air Balloon Festival – Yoda

First prize for showmanship goes to the pilot of the Yoda hot air balloon. Due to the early placement of the balloon on the western skyline, Yoda was always a prominent feature at the 2018 Penang Hot Air Balloon Festival.

Being situated in the rising sun also created a perfect but ephemeral ambience – although there was plenty of time to enjoy it.

Yoda was the Global Travel Press first prize winner for best display. The pilot had the balloon in prominent position for the optimal enjoyment of the visitors.

Penang Hot Air Balloon Festival 2018 - Yoda

Additionally, the Star Wars icon had the advantage of being easily recognized and the pilot had Jedi ambitions. As a result, the display was excellent.

Top Finishers Penang Hot Air Balloon Festival 2018

Other top finishers include the “little dog” design and the local fire truck. Fortunately, the firetruck balloon was driven by a Penang fire fighter with 20+ years of experience. It is a good idea to have a public safety official on hand just in case. The fire truck kept a low profile and stayed close to the ground.

Yoda seized the opportunity and stole the show. However, the little dog design put on a good display once they got aloft.

Penang Hot Air Balloon Festival 2018

Fortunately, there was a fire truck on hand at the Penang Hot Air Balloon Festival in case of an emergency. It was situated next to the “little heart” which was one of the new designs featured in 2018.

Penang Hot Air Balloon Festival 2018 - Little Dog

The new “little dog” design was actually an extremely large dog! Once they got up and running it made for a good display.

Penang Hot Air Balloon Festival 2018 - Parrot Pirate

This entry was from the US and they had an interesting background story. Apparently, they chose the particular balloon design because of the name versatility. During the interview the pilot stated “We chose this design because it could be named “pirate parrot” or parrot pirate”. This entry featured one eye, a peg leg and beak jewellery. Interesting!

Penang Hot Air Balloon Festival 2018 - Owl

The noble owl kept a dignified profile and it was one of the first balloons to appear on the Padang Polo field skyline.

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Penang Hot Air Balloon Festival 2018

Penang Hot Air Balloon Festival 2018

Penang Hot Air Balloon Festival 2018

The “little dog” made an imposing figure and was significantly larger than other entries. Unfortunately, they seemed to have a little trouble keeping it upright.

Penang Hot Air Balloon Festival 2018

For only 5 ringgit visitors could enter the inside of an inflated balloon.

Penang Hot Air Balloon Festival 2018

As I made my exit I snapped one last photo from the southeast end of Padang Polo field. I look forward to the Penang Hot Air Balloon Festival in 2019. Hopefully, there will be some new designs to follow up on this year’s fantastic entries.

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Source:

http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2018/02/21/penang-hot-air-balloon-fiesta-weekend