this event, it's worth girding you loins for the car trip to Hudson. Hot air balloons are good clean fun, and the balloon people are all very friendly and glad to chat.
The weather was poor this year - I don't think there was a mass ascension at all due to fog, but even just hauling them out, filling them and sparking up the flame throwers on the ground is worth seeing.
More photos and some video clips are on the Flickr site. Enjoy!