#TallSteve on Tour

Our lovable special shape penguin, Tall Steve was in the USA this weekend at the 3rd Annual Red River Balloon Rally Festival in Shreveport, Louisiana.

For the third year running, the event is also hosting the U.S National Championships. The U.S. boasts some of the world’s best hot air balloon competition pilots, including the current World Champion, Rhett Heartsill.

The top U.S pilots, including Rhett and the defending National Champion Johnny Petrehn, have been competing all week and everyone was eagerly awaiting the final results. Congratulations to Rhett Heartsill who was crowned the new US National Champion!

Celebrations kicked off on Friday with static displays for the crowds and a fantastic glow on both Friday and Saturday. This family friendly event is hosted at Louisiana State University of Shreveport and was expected to draw upwards of 20,000 spectators.  There will be a variety of live music and entertainment, a kids fun zone, plenty of food outlets, a firework display and of course, the balloons, which this year includes special shapes such as Yoda, Darth Vader, a flying squirrel and of course our very own  Tall Steve.