The 33rd annual Stoweflake Balloon Festival saw a series of successful launches and landings last weekend at Stoweflake Resort & Spa on the Mountain Road in Stowe. The weekend featured more than 20 hot-air balloons, family activities, live entertainment, local food and a beer and wine garden. The festival began in 1986 as a fun way for balloonists to get together and share their talent and hobby, and has grown to become a pivotal summer attraction for locals and tourists, frequently named a top summer event by the state of Vermont.