Blasts of propane heat illuminate more than a dozen hot air balloons tethered in a field at the Hudsonville Fairgrounds. Faces of spectators that surround the spectacle light up with smiles.

Soon after, that same field is set aglow by hundreds of sky lanterns released to “Light Up the Night” and help raise money for Children’s Miracle Network and Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

The two-day Grand Rapids Balloon Festival featured balloon launches, night glows and children’s activities.