After a relaxing final day of the Keeneland Spring meet, I headed to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby Festival Balloon Glow. The Derby festival is a series of events which lead up to the running of the Kentucky Derby. The balloon glow is held, weather permitting, the week before the Derby at the Kentucky State Fairgrounds. The weather for this years event was perfect and there were huge crowds for the event. We arrived a little early this year so we had a chance to check out the rides and other carnival action before the balloons got fired up. This year, different than past years, they allowed the crowds in while the balloons were being inflated.
The initial estimates were for 63,000 spectators for what is one of the nations largest events. I certainly enjoyed it as always. Here are a few of the pictures from that night. I hope you enjoy.
I ended up spending 3 and 1/2 days in the helicopter surveying Canada geese this season. I’m entering data for that now and that information will be used to estimate KY goose populations. I managed to shoot a few more pictures along the way. I haven’t had much chance to really look at the images, but these are a few which caught my eye.