OCT. 6-14 2018

News from the Balloon Fiesta Newsletter

May 22, 2012

Inside the Basket: John Hofer

Sir Robert of Orange A.K.A Big Orange Balloon or BOB


Hometown: La Crosse, WI

Balloon Name: Sir Robert of Orange A.K.A Big Orange Balloon or BOB

How many times have you flown a balloon at Balloon Fiesta? More than 15 years

How long have you been a hot air balloon pilot? 17 years

What is your favorite Balloon Fiesta memory? A couple years ago I had the opportunity to grant a little boys wish with the Make A Wish Foundation at the Balloon Fiesta. He and his family flew in from Oregon and considering what they had been through they were upbeat and so fun to be around. 

What are you most looking forward to at this year’s “Blaze a Trail” event? Having the opportunity to fly so many times in a week with so many other balloons is amazing. I get to see pilots from all over the country who have become my friends over the years. 

What did you hope to teach during your seminars at the Espanola event? My wife and I talked about a day in the life of a balloonist. From preparing to fly a hot air balloon to packing it up after it has landed we wanted to take people “behind the scenes” of ballooning.