40,000 people are expected to gather in Centralia, IL this weekend to get an up close look at 40 hot air balloons.
"It's a lot of work to make it happen, but it's very peaceful once you're in the air," explained Kevin Knapp, Balloon Pilot and Balloon Fest organizer.
Balloon pilots from all over the country will make their way to the small Illinois community for the 24th annual Balloon Fest.
"People come see balloons because it's a kaleidoscope of colors in the sky, big giant magical giants that inflate and fill the sky with beautiful colors," said Knapp.
The Centralia Balloon Fest is going on Friday-Sunday at Foundation Park. For more information call (618) 532-6789 or visit www.balloon-fest.com