Some great memories of my childhood involve going to hot air balloon festivals with my parents. When my mom told me there would be balloons in Branson, I really wanted to go with all of the kids. We made it a family event and all headed to Branson together. We all had a great time. Astara got some great balloon pictures, the kids got to meet a real-life princess (2011 Miss Missouri), and we got to see some our old friends from the Branson area (Michael and I lived in Branson for a few months when we were first married and we worked there for 5+ years). I hope this becomes a yearly tradition. I think hot air balloons are beautiful. Because we went to the evening event, we didn't get to see the balloons launch, but they did a bunch of "burns." They did steady burns and flicker burns.