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Twin Firs is a working farm and we have a variety of crops, not just sod. This is also our home so please be respectful of it.   Our events are scheduled around crops and farming season and are planned accordingly.  Parking maybe limited at times and depending on the size of the event we must be flexible.   We are pet owners but please we ask you to please leave your dogs and other pets at home.  We can not have messes from pets hindering our buisness.  For the safety and comfort of others no pets, drugs, or weapons will be permitted at any parties on The Green. 

 

Due to some unplanned weather conditions, not all of our fields are ready for harvest.  The event has grown in size largely because of the fireworks and our number one goal is to keep people safe while they enjoy all parts of the festival.   We will be holding the Saturday evening festivities in a field across from us, for the safety of our guests and spectators.  This field will not be grass as in the past, it will be a harvested bean field.  Please make sure to bring a chair or if you would like, bring a blanket or tarp.  We will have picnic tables out as well.  There will be no changes for the Saturday and Sunday morning sunrise launches.   Thank you all for being a part of celebrating those that feed us!

BALLOON FESTIVAL & PYROTECHNIC EVENT SPECTATOR INFORMATION

We are glad you are here at Parties on the Green.  We are proud of our venue and it is a working farm as well as our home, please be respectful.  Our farm is a variety of crops, not just sod.   We ask that you use the garbage cans provided, as well as ash trays, not our grass.  For the safety and enjoyment for everyone here are a few tips to help make your next event and enjoyable one.

  • MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW ALL SIGNS AND PLEASE STAY OUT OF FIELDS WHERE FIREWORKS ARE SET UP. 
  •  Bring a low chair or blanket to sit on.
  •  No Dogs (For their safety and those around them.)
  • No illegal drugs or weapons.
  • Smoking is allowed in designated areas only.  No Smoking in the tents or around Balloons.    
  • In accordance with Washington State Liquor Laws, all Alcohol must be purchase and consumed in the designated fenced area only and must be purchased on site.  No outside alcohol is allowed. 
  • Dress for changing weather conditions.  It maybe hot during the day but it can get cold at night.
  • Bring sunscreen to put on after the sun is up.
  • Bring appropriate eye protection. Sun and wind could be your enemies on a bright,
          sunny or windy day.
  • Decide among your group where you could meet in case someone gets separated
          or lost.
  • Please do not leave your children unattended and please keep them away from the stage while entertainment is taking place.
  • Watch where you're going!  It is easy to trip over other people and balloons.  Don't"drive and watch" at the same time.
  • Beware of vehicles moving around the field, especially emergency vehicles
  • For evening events, bring a flashlight.   Also, take note of where you have parked.

WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE TO ANYONE VIOLATING THESE IMPORTANT RULES.

 

Photography Tips

Here are a few tips to help make your picture taking a success!
  • Watch the Background: Look for simple backgrounds to minimize distraction from the subject.
  • Explore the variety of viewpoints available for your subject. A low angle, looking into the blue sky can produce a simple and pleasant background. Try a low angle when posing friends near a balloon.
  • Front Lighting: When the sun shines over your shoulder you'll capture the brightest
     and most saturated colors.
  • Side Lighting: When the light shines across the scene, the mix of light and shadow creates a realistic, 3D looking photograph with an excellent feeling for depth and texture.
  • The magic hour of twilight: Dawn or dusk creates beautiful lighting opportunities where the warmth of "Balloon Glow" blends with velvet blue of muted skylight. Photographers call this "the jewel box effect". Twilight and night are low levels of light which require high speed films, such as 800 or 1000 speeds.
  • Subject Placement in the Frame: Off-center placement of your subject creates dynamic balance. Lens Choice: Normal (50 mm) or wide angle (24, 28 or 35mm) allows moving close to the balloons to avoid people.
  • Telephoto or telephoto zoom (70-210mm) for details out of reach. Keep your camera steady!  Gently squeeze the shutter release for sharper photos. Keep Shutter Speeds Fast!   Faster shutter speeds, such as a 1/250 of a second generally provide sharper pictures when using telephoto lenses and hand-holding your camera. 
 These tips have been taken from The New York Institute of Photography