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Encyclopedia > London International Hot Air Balloon Festival

The London International Hot Air Ballon Festival (London Balloon Festival) is an annual hot air balloon festival held in London, Ontario. The festival, which was founded in 1983, takes place in Harris Park at the forks of the Thames River during Simcoe Day weekend. In addition to the balloon launches, the festival features various other attractions including concerts and a laser show. Hot air balloons are the oldest successful human flight technology, dating back to the Montgolfier brothers invention in Annonay, France in 1783. ... Motto: Nickname: The forest city City of London, Ontario, Canada Location. ... 1983 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Thames River is located in southwestern Ontario, Canada. ... In Canada, there are two definitions to the term Civic Holiday. ...

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Hot Air Balloons -- History -- Competitions (1248 words)
Hot air balloons were basically paper bags with a smoky fire built on a grill attached to the bottom, so they had a tendency to catch fire and be destroyed on landing.
The top of the balloon generally has a flap (often referred to as a parachute) of fabric that can be pulled open partially to release hot air in an emergency or for better control of the descent.
balloon festivals (or fiestas) are held which give a chance for balloonists to gather together and for the public to participate in the spectacle of many balloons launching at the same time.
Hilton London Ontario - London Ontario Hotels - OnlineHotelDiscount.com (1082 words)
London is buzzing with an abundance of festivals throughout the calendar year.
London has seen the richness of the culture and traditions of the Iroquois Nation; the settlement by Colonel John Graves Simcoe and his British associates; the architectural and artistic accomplishments of the Victorian era; the emergence of a big band legend; the discovery of insulin, and much more.
For the past 100 years, Londoners have planted around 1,000 trees annually to keep the area green, earning the name "Forest City." This is London: a city that is always advancing and growing, yet one that has deep roots in the past.
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