The 2012 Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival has found a new home at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. In years past the balloons have been seen by Ascension residents making their way to Baton Rouge, the former home of the Festival. Balloonists from all over the United States will be here to compete in the target event. The highlight of the show is the "Balloon Glow," a nighttime happening where all of the air balloons are secured on the ground and fired up to create a vast kaleidoscope of colors. Visit the official website at www.ascensionballooning.com
Look for balloons aloft on Friday and Saturday morning. One of the participants and competitors in the event is Gonzales' own Leslie Jeansonne who is the owner a side business, that rents out balloon rides. Call Leslie at 225-806-2422 for more information.