Nestled in the beauty of East Tennessee and overlooking the splendor of the Great Smoky Mountains and Cherokee National Forest, stands Tsali Notch Vineyards. Tsali Notch Vineyards hosts the Muscadine Balloon Fiesta every year. This was the 4th annual fiesta benefitting Casa Monroe. The Bingham Group, a Knoxville based, full-service marketing communications firm brings this event to life every year. Thank you Bingham Group for providing the V.I.P. passes for this years event! You blow me away with your creativity, organization, and exceptional service. This year the Bingham Group brought hundreds of visitors to enjoy over 20 hot air balloons, kid zones, tethered hot air balloon rides, carnival food, concerts, balloon glows, wine tastings, and good ole’ fashioned family fun.

The Muscadine Balloon Fiesta benefits CASA Monroe. (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) is a national charity organization with a local office in Madisonville, Tennessee. Volunteers speak up for children in the court system who have been neglected, abused or abandoned, and provide a fresh perspective to the juvenile court system as they ensure that children do not receive any further abuse from an overburdened child-welfare system.

Many of you may have never given it a thought, but did you know that most hot air balloons have a basket that you have to crawl into? My balloon had a very special basket. Specially designed for handicap entry, the red balloon in the photos below was specifically designed by it’s owner/operator to be handicap accessible. This pilot truly has a heart of gold and a passion for ballooning.

Thanks for a great time! Looking forward to next year.