August means it's State Fair time in Indiana, and this year, I got to see something that I've been wanting to for years: the evening glow of the hot air balloons.
The annual balloon race has been a tradition for many years, though it was just moved to Saturday morning (from Friday) a few years ago. For me, this is great news, because it actually gives me a chance to see it. The night before the race, the balloons gather in the infield of the fairgrounds. They inflate but don't leave the ground, and as the sunlight fades, the light of the propane burners turns the balloons into giant lanterns.
The field is clear of spectators while the balloons are being inflated, but we were able to watch from outside the fenced area and see part of the process.
It looked a bit like they were playing tug-o-war with Goliath.
The evening's emcee had the pilots do several coordinated "all glows," where they all lit up together (as you see below).