Farm animals get their share of attention at New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest

A couple has photos taken with a cow at the New Smyrna Balloon Festival / Headline SurferTwo small horses play at the NSB Balloon Festival / Headline SurferHeadline Surfer photos by Henry Frederick / At far left, a young man takes a photo of his girlfriend near a cow Sunday at the New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest. A miniature horse uses the under-saddle blanket of his companion to take care of an itch.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- With hot air balloons taking to the skies just after dawn and few people on the ground, farm animals stood out at the New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport. There were a couple of mini horses, several majestic horses, a big ol' cow and half a dozen floppy-eared bunny rabbits.

Among the few hundred people at the airport on the final morning of the three--day weekend New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest with a dozen or so large balloons being launched, nearly a quarter of them paid as much attention to the animals as they did the balloons -- young and old alike.

A horse is readied for zzNew Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest / Headline SurferA miniature horse is walked at New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest / Headline SurferA rabbit is shown at New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest / Headline SurferMiniature horse grazes at New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Skyfest / Headline SurferFarm animals, as shown here, were very much a part of the New Smyrna Beach Balloon &  Sky Fest as shown in these early Sunday images at the New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport.

The horses were part of a riding stable while the smaller horses were being prepared for pony rides. There was plenty of hay and grass for the four legged creatures penned on the western side side of the airport, the same direction the balloons were headed between 6:30 and 8 a.m.

A cow as popular at the New Smyrna Balloon & Sky Fest / Headline SurferHorses were a part of the New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Skyfest / Headline SurferA tractor is part of fam animals at New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest / Headline SurferThis cow is alert to passersby as are these two horses. And what's a farm animal display without a green John Deere tractor?

The two mini horses -- one brown, one white -- could be heard crying out some 15 yards away from their pen as their caretakers readied them for the day.

Agriculture was a mainstay at the New Smyrna Beach Balloon Festival / Headline SurferAgriculture was emphasized at the balloon festival as shown by this University of Florida banner.

The farm animals got lots of attention with people posing for photos in front of their pens and some even feeding the horses loose hay, even though a sign posted cautioned against it because the horses could inadvertently bite. The animals were peaceful and in good spirits as the day got under way under a warm Florida sun. 

 

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com for a decade now. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards in print anddigital platforms. Frederick is enrolled at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's three-fourths through the online Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation is in August.