Balloon fest quiz

Here's your chance to have some fun and win a pair of art and balloon fest shirts, plus a pair of passes to the balloon fest.

Simply type your answer's letter with the corresponding question number (as an example, 1-a, 2-b, 3-c, etc.) and send it to

If you have 10 or more right out of the 12, we will put your name in our hopper for a drawing next Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Please include a phone number on your submission so we will be able to call you and let you know that you won. Good luck and happy ballooning.


 1. The nation credited with the first hot air balloon flight is:

a. China.

b. England.

c. France.

d. The Kennedy family.

 2. The first American president to witness a balloon launch was:

a. Millard Fillmore.

b. James Buchanan.

c. George Washington.

d. Mark Twain.

 3. Stimulated by ballooning, a young author wrote "Around the World in Eighty Days." His name was:

a. Rudyard Kipling.

b. Jules Verne.

c. H.G. Wells.

d. Mickey Spillane.

 4. The Hindenburg wasn't really a hot air balloon because it used this other gas to remain airborne:

a. Helium.

b. Argon.

c. Hydrogen.

d. Flatulence.

 5. The World War I ace known as the balloon buster was:

a. The Red Baron.

b. Eddie Rickenbacker.

c. Yves Montgolfier.

d. Cedric Gadsworth.

 6. When the word "dirigible" is added to a hot air balloon, it means:

a. The balloon is really big.

b. The balloon has a frame.

c. The balloon is steerable.

d. The balloon was made by Georges Dirigible.

 7. The first recorded hot air balloon was made of:

a. Silk.

b. Paper.

c. Linen.

d. Thermosote.

 8. The first balloonist to soar into the atmosphere was:

a. Yves Garlicki.

b. Jonathan Swift.

c. Yves Trombley.

d. Hawthorne Gray.

 9. The first powered hot air balloon was introduced by:

a. The Mario Brothers.

b. Anselmo Triskanopoulis.

c. Henri Giffard.

d. Frank Gifford.

10. The first balloon race was sponsored by:

a. James Gordon Bennett.

b. Sir Charles Mountbatten.

c. Napoleon the III.

d. Wilbur Wright.

11. Balloons are classified according to volume by:

a. The World Balloon Organization.

b. The Hot Air Society.

c. The Balloon Society of France.

d. The French Federation of International Aeronautics.

12. Recreational ballooning became popular in the 1950s because of lighter materials for the balloon and:

a. Cheaper prices on sandbags.

b. Propane burners.

c. Prize money increases in races.

d. The removal of air restrictions on balloons.