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BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Hot air balloons fly above Bristol from the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta main arena at the Ashton Court estate on August 7, 2015 in Bristol, England. The early morning flight of over 100 balloons was the first mass ascent of the four-day Bristol International Balloon Fiesta which started yesterday. Now in its 37th year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest annual hot air balloon event in the city that is seen by many balloonists as the home of modern ballooning. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Hot air balloons rise into the morning sky from the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta main arena at the Ashton Court estate on August 7, 2015 in Bristol, England. The early morning flight of over 100 balloons was the first mass ascent of the four-day Bristol International Balloon Fiesta which started yesterday. Now in its 37th year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest annual hot air balloon event in the city that is seen by many balloonists as the home of modern ballooning. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Hot air balloons rise into the morning sky from the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta main arena at the Ashton Court estate on August 7, 2015 in Bristol, England. The early morning flight of over 100 balloons was the first mass ascent of the four-day Bristol International Balloon Fiesta which started yesterday. Now in its 37th year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest annual hot air balloon event in the city that is seen by many balloonists as the home of modern ballooning. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: A Minion shaped balloon takes to the skies on the first day of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta at the Ashton Court estate on August 6, 2015 in Bristol, England. Now in its 37th year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest annual hot air balloon event in the city that is seen by many balloonists as the home of modern ballooning. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: A balloon is inflated on the first day of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta at the Ashton Court estate on August 6, 2015 in Bristol, England. Now in its 37th year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest annual hot air balloon event in the city that is seen by many balloonists as the home of modern ballooning. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Balloons take to the skies on the first day of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta at the Ashton Court estate on August 6, 2015 in Bristol, England. Now in its 37th year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest annual hot air balloon event in the city that is seen by many balloonists as the home of modern ballooning. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Balloons take to the skies on the first day of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta at the Ashton Court estate on August 6, 2015 in Bristol, England. Now in its 37th year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest annual hot air balloon event in the city that is seen by many balloonists as the home of modern ballooning. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: A Minion shaped balloon takes to the skies on the first day of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta at the Ashton Court estate on August 6, 2015 in Bristol, England. Now in its 37th year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest annual hot air balloon event in the city that is seen by many balloonists as the home of modern ballooning. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Balloons take to the skies on the first day of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta at the Ashton Court estate on August 6, 2015 in Bristol, England. Now in its 37th year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest annual hot air balloon event in the city that is seen by many balloonists as the home of modern ballooning. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Balloons take to the skies on the first day of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta at the Ashton Court estate on August 6, 2015 in Bristol, England. Now in its 37th year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest annual hot air balloon event in the city that is seen by many balloonists as the home of modern ballooning. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Balloons take to the skies on the first day of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta at the Ashton Court estate on August 6, 2015 in Bristol, England. Now in its 37th year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest annual hot air balloon event in the city that is seen by many balloonists as the home of modern ballooning. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Balloons take to the skies on the first day of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta at the Ashton Court estate on August 6, 2015 in Bristol, England. Now in its 37th year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest annual hot air balloon event in the city that is seen by many balloonists as the home of modern ballooning. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Balloons take to the skies on the first day of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta at the Ashton Court estate on August 6, 2015 in Bristol, England. Now in its 37th year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest annual hot air balloon event in the city that is seen by many balloonists as the home of modern ballooning. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Balloons take to the skies on the first day of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta at the Ashton Court estate on August 6, 2015 in Bristol, England. Now in its 37th year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest annual hot air balloon event in the city that is seen by many balloonists as the home of modern ballooning. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Balloons take to the skies on the first day of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta at the Ashton Court estate on August 6, 2015 in Bristol, England. Now in its 37th year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest annual hot air balloon event in the city that is seen by many balloonists as the home of modern ballooning. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: A balloon crew inflate their balloon in the main arena on the first day of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta at the Ashton Court estate on August 6, 2015 in Bristol, England. Now in its 37th year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest annual hot air balloon event in the city that is seen by many balloonists as the home of modern ballooning. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Crowds watch as tethered balloons are illuminated by their burners during the night glow evening event on the first day of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta at the Ashton Court estate on August 6, 2015 in Bristol, England. Now in its 37th year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest annual hot air balloon event in the city that is seen by many balloonists as the home of modern ballooning. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Crowds watch as tethered balloons are illuminated by their burners during the night glow evening event on the first day of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta at the Ashton Court estate on August 6, 2015 in Bristol, England. Now in its 37th year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest annual hot air balloon event in the city that is seen by many balloonists as the home of modern ballooning. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: A hot air balloon is seen above Bristol as it flies from the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta main arena at the Ashton Court estate on August 7, 2015 in Bristol, England. The early morning flight of over 100 balloons was the first mass ascent of the four-day Bristol International Balloon Fiesta which started yesterday. Now in its 37th year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest annual hot air balloon event in the city that is seen by many balloonists as the home of modern ballooning. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Hot air balloons rise into the morning sky from the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta main arena at the Ashton Court estate on August 7, 2015 in Bristol, England. The early morning flight of over 100 balloons was the first mass ascent of the four-day Bristol International Balloon Fiesta which started yesterday. Now in its 37th year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest annual hot air balloon event in the city that is seen by many balloonists as the home of modern ballooning. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Hot air balloons fly above Bristol from the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta main arena at the Ashton Court estate on August 7, 2015 in Bristol, England. The early morning flight of over 100 balloons was the first mass ascent of the four-day Bristol International Balloon Fiesta which started yesterday. Now in its 37th year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest annual hot air balloon event in the city that is seen by many balloonists as the home of modern ballooning. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Hot air balloons rise into the morning sky from the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta main arena at the Ashton Court estate on August 7, 2015 in Bristol, England. The early morning flight of over 100 balloons was the first mass ascent of the four-day Bristol International Balloon Fiesta which started yesterday. Now in its 37th year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest annual hot air balloon event in the city that is seen by many balloonists as the home of modern ballooning. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Hot air balloons fly above Bristol from the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta main arena at the Ashton Court estate on August 7, 2015 in Bristol, England. The early morning flight of over 100 balloons was the first mass ascent of the four-day Bristol International Balloon Fiesta which started yesterday. Now in its 37th year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest annual hot air balloon event in the city that is seen by many balloonists as the home of modern ballooning. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Hot air balloons rise into the morning sky from the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta main arena at the Ashton Court estate on August 7, 2015 in Bristol, England. The early morning flight of over 100 balloons was the first mass ascent of the four-day Bristol International Balloon Fiesta which started yesterday. Now in its 37th year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest annual hot air balloon event in the city that is seen by many balloonists as the home of modern ballooning. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Hot air balloons rise into the morning sky from the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta main arena at the Ashton Court estate on August 7, 2015 in Bristol, England. The early morning flight of over 100 balloons was the first mass ascent of the four-day Bristol International Balloon Fiesta which started yesterday. Now in its 37th year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest annual hot air balloon event in the city that is seen by many balloonists as the home of modern ballooning. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Hot air balloons rise into the morning sky from the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta main arena at the Ashton Court estate on August 7, 2015 in Bristol, England. The early morning flight of over 100 balloons was the first mass ascent of the four-day Bristol International Balloon Fiesta which started yesterday. Now in its 37th year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest annual hot air balloon event in the city that is seen by many balloonists as the home of modern ballooning. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: A hot air balloon is inflated at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta main arena at the Ashton Court estate on August 7, 2015 in Bristol, England. The early morning flight of over 100 balloons was the first mass ascent of the four-day Bristol International Balloon Fiesta which started yesterday. Now in its 37th year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest annual hot air balloon event in the city that is seen by many balloonists as the home of modern ballooning. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Balloons take to the skies on the first day of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta at the Ashton Court estate on August 6, 2015 in Bristol, England. Now in its 37th year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest annual hot air balloon event in the city that is seen by many balloonists as the home of modern ballooning. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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Europe's largest hot air balloon festival began Thursday night in Bristol, England with over 100 balloon enthusiasts gathered to fly their balloons over the three day festival. Along with the classic rainbow stripe balloons, inflatables of all shapes and sizes including penguins, a minion, and a trophy are being spotted in the sky. The festival, in its 37th year and bigger than before, shows no signs of slowing down. Take a look above at the unbelievable photographs.


See footage from last year's festival:
Relaxing Footage from Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2014
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