Conheça um pouco da história do nosso município.
In 1989, the idea of bringing a few balloons for the opening of FEBANANA arose, the local banana fest. A great idea !
In October 1989, the 1st South Brazilian Ballooning Festival had ten balloons for participation, but the weather conditions did not help and some events were suspended.
In 1990, the second edition was transferred to April, month with proper weather conditions for flying. With 15 balloons and hundreds of people giving prestige, April started to be the official Ballooning month.
The mast event was completed by the first time in 1992, having as champion Leonel Brites.
In 1993, Lincoln Freire performed his flight in a beer-can-shaped balloon, an unprecedented fact in Latin America at that time.
In 1995, a wedding happened in a semi- inflated balloon. The balloonist Eduardo Mello and his bride Patricia chose to realize the marital union during the event.
Eduardo Mello was the first Torres balloonist and as a pioneer encouraged many to qualify and become pilots. Balloon industry began to move to the city and the stores discovered an excellent line of business. In a couple of years, pilots put banners with corporation names on their balloons, but the companies themselves bought their own balloons after a short while and the teams began to multiply...
Torres has the first ballooning woman, Laís Pinho, that has been merchandising the city nationally with her creativity and sport dedication. Also responsible for constructing the 1st 100% all Torres made Balloon, once they were all made in São Paulo.
That's an event that embodied the culture of Torres, meaning a lot to collective immagination.
The event mobilizes the city and surroundings not only during the festival but the whole year.
In parallel, the festival offers exhibition fairs with regional products, dancing festivities, music, poetry, literature and other cultural expressions as a way of enhancement of art and local culture.
The events usually attract a great amount of audience that appreciate presentations of locals and national artists.
Sports events usually happen in a parallel event like Motocross, parachuting, helicopter flights, water and flying sports, mobilizing visitors and tourists from all destinations: National and International.
The balloon festival involves the hotel industry, gastronomy, commerce and all the local economy that still suffers with seasonality. The high season period was getting shorter every year, creating a low season with hard consequences which worsened for almost two years of pandemic.
The event is a source of income, employment and oportunities for companies and entrepeneurs that participate in an organized way, exercizing the art of welcoming that's already part of Hospitality.
CITY HALL INVESTIMENTS
By the first event's edition, all facilities were rented, including restrooms and other crucial installations. In 1999, for example, due to the rains, no ballooning events happened and the festival was harmed due to the mud that formed on the Balloon Park.
Now the Balloon Park offers comfort and safety for all visitors. The modern built structure offers 24 restrooms, a ballooning memorial, cooking space and structure for a Tourist Assistance Center. This center has a Receptive Travel Agency that won the bidding for granting for that space and attends tourists and visitors trading travel products and service packs related to Tourism.
Torres became national and international refference, receiving the title of " CAPITAL BRASILEIRA DO BALONISMO "- Brazilian Ballooning Capital.
RECORD : EVENT DATES AND WINNING PILOTS
1st Sulbrasileiro Balooning festival , October 7th-9th 1989. Champion: Orlando Genicolo Filho.
2nd Ballooning Festival, From April 28th to May 1st, 1990- champion: Carlos " Chico Paulo" Antonio Paulo.
3rd Ballooning Festival, March 28th - 31st, 1991- champion: Miguel Leiva.
4th Kodak/Skol Ballooning Festival, from April 30th to May 3rd 1992. Champion: Leonel Brites
5th Ballooning Festival, from April 29th to May 3rd, 1993. Champion : Antonio Carlos Hays Marques "Caco"
6th Ballooning Festival, April 21st- 24th, 1994. Champion: Walterson Leite de Lima
7th Kaiser Ballooning Festival, April 13th-16th. Champion: Ademir Brolacci.
8th Kaiser Ballooning Festival, April 4th-7th 1996- Champion: Aquilino Gimenez.
9th Kaiser Ballooning Festival. April 18-21st 1997- Champion: Luis Eduardo Consiglio.
10th Ballooning Festival- From April 30th to May 4th, 1998-Champion: Rui Kalousdian
11th Ballooning Festival, April 1st- 4th 1999. No events due to rain.
12th International Ballooning Festival, from April 28th to May 1st, 2000- Champion: Fábio Passos.
13th International Ballooning Festival, from April 27th to May 1st, 2001- Champion: Sacha Haim.
14th International Ballooning Festival- Mercosul Cup, from April 30th to May 5th, 2002- Two times champion : Sacha Haim.
15th International Ballooning Festival, April 18th- 21st, 2003- Three times champion : Sacha Haim.
16th International Ballooning Festival, between April 8th-11th, 2004- Four times champion: Sacha Haim.
17th International Ballooning Festival, April 21st-24th, 2005 - Five times Champion : Sacha Haim
18th International Ballooning Festival, from April 27th to May 1st, 2006- Champion: Gabriela Slavec.
19th International Ballooning Festival, from April 27th to May 1st, 2007- Champion: Eduardo Mello.
20th International Ballooning Festival, April 18th-21st, 2008- Champion: Kaio Chemin.
21st International Ballooning Festival, April 17th-21st, 2009 - Six times champion: Sacha Haim.
22nd International Ballooning Festival, from April 29th to May 2nd, 2010- Champion: Guto Marques.
23rd International Ballooning Festival, April 20th-24th, 2011- seven times champion: Sacha Haim.
24th International Ballooning Festival, from April 27th to May 1st, 2012- eight times champion: Sacha Haim.
25th International Ballooning Festival, May 1st-5th, 2013- Champion: Alexandre Giglio.
26th international Ballooning Festival, from April 30th to May 4th, 2014- Champion: Filipe Tostes.
27th International Ballooning Festival, from April 30th to May 3rd, 2015- Champion: Warley Macedo.
28th International Ballooning Festival, April 20th-24th, 2016. Two times champion: Warley Macedo.
29th International Ballooning Festival, from April 28th to May 1st, 2018- Champion: Fábio Passos
30th International Ballooning Festival, from April 27th to may 1st, 2018- Champion: Murilo Gonçalves.
31st International Ballooning Festival, May 1st- 5th, 2019- Champion: Murilo Hoffmann.
32nd International Ballooning Festival, April 14th- 24th, 2022. Champion : Fábio Pascoalino
P.S : Due to COVID 19 pandemic, there was no Ballooning Festival in 2020 and 2021.
BALLOONING AS A SPORT
According to the FÉDERATION AERONAUTIQUE INTERNACIONALE , Ballooning has been the safest air sport in the world for more than 20 years, based on the fact that the balloon is made of a space tech material applied to aeronautics.
For being a safe sport, no parachute is required.
The safety of the balloon starts with the fabric which is made, passing by resistance of its components like the envelope, strings, basket, burner, gas cylinder that are made to withstand nine times the normal usage, also having a safe limit related to wind speed to launch a balloon. Speed can reach 25km/h and for special shaped balloons the speed limit is 15km/h.
The envelope is made of nylon. This fabric receives a special treatment against fire transmition. The strings are Kevlar made, a non burning material, it doesn't conduct electricity, does not rot and each one of the strings can withstand 600 kilos.
To make the balloon go up, the pilot triggers the blowtorch that causes air warming. The flight of the balloons is controlled through the blowtorch's on/ off, allowing the pilot to control the altitude with precision. But who defines direction is not the pilot but the wind, that in different currents of air, defines the path of the balloons.