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Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival

 

Counting down to the Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival!

BETTER THAN EVER!

 

Presenting sponsors:

      


                  

 

Questions? The AT&T Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival Hotline powered by Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corporation is now open!

(845) 454-1701

      ACTIVITIES AT BARTON ORCHARDS

      Here's a list of activities happening during the Festival!

      Midway Farm Area

      Barton Bakery

      Granny Smith's Kitchen

      The Tap Room

      Petting Zoo

      Gem Stone Mining

      Shooting Gallery

      Wooden Ships Playground

      Fun Park

      Mazes (boulder dash, ropes & squares, and more!)

      Games (Milk the cow, bail toss, and more!)

      Cow Train

      Rock Labyrinth

      Pedal Kart Race Track

      Two Giant Slides

      Bouncing Ponies

      Talking Exhibits

      Kiddie Karts

      Inflatable Play Area

      Trackless Red Train

      Pedal Carts

      Rotten Core Manor Haunted House

      If you dare to wander through Rotten Core Manor then you are sure to have a good scream! The Rotten Core Manor haunted house is a walking activity. Throughout the walk, you will encounter darkness, animation effects, and much more!

      *This is a live actor haunt.
      *Be advised, children must be accompanied by an adult.
      *Touching actors is not permitted.

      Bands/Live Music

      Bands will play on the Main Stage (MS) and Entrance Stage (ES) all weekend!

      Friday, July 8

      MS Nashville Drive 1-5 pm
      MS FDR Drive 6-10 pm
      ES Americana Oak Band 1-5 pm
      ES Rob Daniels Acoustic 6-10 pm

      Saturday, July 9

      MS Michael Dell Band 1-5 pm
      MS Thunder Ridge 6-10 pm
      ES Lucky House 1-5 pm
      ES Backbeat 6-10 pm

      Sunday, July 10

      MS Bills Toupee 1-5 pm
      ES Cruise Control 1-5 pm

      Tether Rides

      Tether Rides will be available all weekend!

      $20 per person, cash only please. Purchase your ride at the Balloon Tent!

      Helicopter Rides

      Helicopter Rides will be available all weekend thanks to our friends at Independent Helicopters, LLC

      Click the 'Take a Helicopter Ride' tab above for tickets!

      Balloon Launches

      Mass Launches of the Hot-Air Balloons will be held at 6 p.m. Friday and at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday & Sunday

      Moon Glow

      The Moon Glow will feature ten balloons lighting up the night sky on Saturday.

      Fireworks

      A Fireworks display will go off after dark on Friday.

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    Balloon Fest Hotline Sponsor


    Event Guide Sponsor

     

    VIP Reception Sponsors


    New York State Solar Farm


     

    Vendor Registration

    Barton Orchards

    63 Apple Tree Lane

    Poughquag, New York 12570

     

    BE A VENDOR: Download the registration form below!

    Vendor spaces are 12'x12'. Larger booth sizes available upon request. Bring your own canopy/tent.

    Chamber Member Price: $300 (plus $150 deposit, refunded to vendor within five business days after festival)

    Non-Member Price: $400 (plus $150 deposit, refunded to vendor within five business days after festival)

     

    Vendors serving breakfast food must be setup by 5:30 a.m.

    Vendors, including food trucks, must be setup by 11:30 a.m. for the afternoon festival. *Food trucks are not limited to space size (within reason).

    Vendors must attend the entire weekend. Area must be clean when vacated. Cleanup begins at 7 p.m. on Sunday evening.

     

    Vendor Hours

    Friday, July 8 • Noon – 10 p.m.

    Saturday, July 9 • 5 a.m. – 7 a.m.

    Saturday, July 9 • Noon – 10 p.m.

    Sunday, July 10 • 5 a.m. – 7 a.m.

    Sunday, July 10 • Noon – 7 p.m.

    Download the Registration Form:

    2016 HV Balloon Festival Vendor Registration Form 2016 HV Balloon Festival Vendor Registration Form (782 KB)

     

    You must provide a copy of Certificate of Liability Insurance insuring Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and Barton Orchards for a minimum of $1 million.

    Food vendors must provide a copy of New York State Department of Health Permit.

    Please provide all documents with registration form along with payment in order to secure your space by June 24, 2016. Mail to:

    Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce
    One Civic Center Plaza, Suite 400
    Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
    ATTN: Vice President of Events Carmela Spreer

     

    Email questions to Community Relations Specialist Chelsea Schwarze at chelsea@dcrcoc.org

      EXPERIENCE THE BALLOON FESTIVAL
    LIKE NEVER BEFORE

    Rides are limited.

    Morning rides: $200 per person
    Afternoon rides: $225 per person.

    A $50 non-refundable deposit will be charged at the time of registration ($10 is added to cover the cost of admission to Barton Orchards on the day of the launch for afternoon launches, you must show the confirmation email AND valid ID at the gate).

    Download the Balloon Ride Release Form:

    Balloon Ride Release Balloon Ride Release (75 KB)

    A liability waiver is available for download below. Please print and sign it, then bring it along with your confirmation email and valid ID with you on the day of your ride. PLEASE CONFIRM YOU HAVE PURCHASED ADMISSION TICKETS FOR ALL RIDERS FOR AFTERNOON RIDES. If not, click HERE for additional tickets. 

    Check-In Information

    All passengers MUST check in at the Balloon Ride Tent to pay the balance due in CASH ONLY and turn in the signed liability waiver. YOU MUST SHOW ID.

    Please, leave yourself plenty of travel time as traffic may cause significant delays. No refunds will be issued for missed rides due to late arrival.

    For morning flights, check-in is at 5:15 a.m.

    For evening flights, check-in is at 5 p.m.

    All passengers must be tall enough to see over the side of the basket (approximately 48-inches). Passengers should dress in comfortable clothing and closed-toe footwear.

    Please note: Basket sizes vary from balloon-to-balloon and are dependent on weight capacity; therefore passengers may not be able to ride together. We will do our best to put all passengers together when possible and seldom separate twosomes, but it is a possibility. All ride sales are final. If your launch is cancelled for any reason, you will be contacted to try again at one of the other launches. If, at the end of the weekend, NONE of the launches were successful, the $50 deposit will be refunded.

    A typical balloon adventure is approximately three hours from set-up through pack-up with the actual flight lasting approximately 45 minutes. You will be returned to the launch site in your balloon’s chase vehicle.

    Signing up for a balloon flight does not guarantee you will fly, as flights are completely dependent on weather. All balloons take off at the discretion of the pilot. Sometimes, due to impending weather or other conditions, balloons will launch early/late or not at all.

     


     

    See the Balloon Festival from a helicopter!

    NOTE: THIS IS FOR HELICOPTER RIDES ONLY. Admission tickets and Hot-Air Balloon Rides must be purchased separately.

    There is something spectacular about seeing the world from the air. Experience the excitement and wonderment as lakes become the windows of the Earth and a tethered balloon drifts up and down nearby. See Barton Orchards and the surrounding area from this unique perspective in a helicopter ride at the Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival!

    Rides last 10 minutes each, cost $50 per person per ride, and are available Noon-4 p.m. Friday through Sunday during the festival at Barton Orchards.


    Download the Helicopter Ride Release Form

    Helicopter Ride Release Form Helicopter Ride Release Form (76 KB)


    Independent Helicopters is a Certified Woman Owned Business operating from two offices in New York State and providing the Helicopter services including instruction, tours, rides, aerial photography, utility inspection, and transportation flight.

    FRIDAY FESTIVAL & LAUNCHES 

     

     

    Barton Orchards

    Noon July 8

    Gates open at noon for the festival and all activities.

    General Admission is $10 in advance, which includes an all day activities pass. A limited number of tickets will be available at the gate for $12. Children 3 and under are free.

    There will be refreshments available for purchase in the bakery, tap room, and market as well as other concessions. 

    Activities include:

     All Day   Tether Rides (CASH ONLY)
     All Day   Children's Activities*

     1-5 p.m.

     Live Music & Entertainment with 
     Nashville Drive & Americana Oak Band 

     6 p.m.

     Mass Launch of Hot Air Balloons (Riders should
     be checked-in NO LATER than 5 p.m.)

     6-10 p.m.  Live Music & Entertainment with
     FDR Drive & Rob Daniels Acoustic

     9:15 p.m.

     Fireworks

    * Children's activities include crafts, petting zoo, hay maze, hayrides, haunted house, and fun zone (bounce pad, peddle karts, train ride, cow train, ball toss, right turn maze, labyrinth, big tube slides and more). See the Activities Tab above for a full list! 

    * Other activities: Tap room, fire pits, and more. See the Activities Tab above for a full list!

    PARKING IS FREE

    Parking for morning launches will be available at Barton Orchards.

    Starting at Noon on Friday and Saturday, off-site parking will be available at the Beekman Fire District field on Greenhaven Road in Poughquag (Distance: 1 mile). Shuttle service will be provided between the field and Barton Orchards throughout the day.

    Handicapped parking is at Barton Orchards.

    NO PETS ALLOWED

    No dogs except service dogs are allowed at the festival.

    For continuously updated launch information, visit the Chamber's Facebook page or Twitter.

    Be sure to share your photos and videos! Please use #DCRCOCballoon.

    For updates, a few weeks before the event, call the Chamber's Balloon hotline, sponsored by Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.

    Migliorelli Farm

    4 p.m. July 8

    Admission and parking are free.

    Activities and concessions will be available. One balloon will launch in the afternoon and Tether Rides will be available for CASH ONLY.

    SATURDAY FESTIVAL & LAUNCHES

    Barton Orchards

    6 a.m. July 9

    On Saturday morning, join us at Barton Orchards at 63 Apple Tree Lane in Poughquag.

    Gates open at 5 a.m. for morning mass launch at 6 a.m. Admission is FREE.

     


     

    All Balloon ride passengers should be checked-in NO LATER than 5:15 a.m. at the Balloon Ride Tent.

    There will be concessions available for purchase as well as a petting zoo, bakery and market.

    Noon July 9

    Gates open at noon for the festival and all activities. 

    General Admission is $10 in advance, which includes an all day activities pass. A limited number of tickets will be available at the gate for $12. Children 3 and under are free.

     

            


    Activities include:

     All Day   Tether Rides (CASH ONLY)
     All Day   Children's Activities*

     1-5 p.m.

     Live Music & Entertainment with
     Michael Dell BandLucky House

     6 p.m.

     Mass Launch of Hot Air Balloons (Riders should 
     be checked-in NO LATER than 5 p.m.)

     6-10 p.m.  Live Music & Entertainment with
     Thunder Ridge & Backbeat

     9 p.m.

     Moon Glow

    * Children's activities include crafts, petting zoo, hay maze, hayrides, haunted house, fun zone (bounce pad, peddle karts, train ride, cow train, ball toss, right turn maze, labyrinth, big tube slides and more). See the Activities Tab above for a full list! 

    * Other activities: Tap room, fire pits, and more. See the Activities Tab above for a full list! 

    PARKING IS FREE

    Parking for morning launches will be available at Barton Orchards.

    Starting at Noon on Friday and Saturday, off-site parking will be available at the Beekman Fire District field on Greenhaven Road in Poughquag (Distance: 1 mile). Shuttle service will be provided between the field and Barton Orchards throughout the day.

    Handicapped parking is at Barton Orchards.

    NO PETS ALLOWED

    No dogs except service dogs are allowed at the festival.

    For continuously updated launch information, visit the Chamber's Facebook page or Twitter.

    Be sure to share your photos and videos! Please use #DCRCOCballoon.

    For updates, a few weeks before the event, call the Chamber's Balloon hotline, sponsored by Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.

     

    Migliorelli Farm

    4 p.m. July 9

    Admission and parking are free.

    Activities and concessions will be available. One balloon will launch in the afternoon and Tether Rides will be available for CASH ONLY.

    SUNDAY FESTIVAL & LAUNCHES

    6 a.m. July 10

    On Sunday morning, join us at Barton Orchards at 63 Apple Tree Lane in Poughquag.

    Gates open at 5 a.m. for morning mass launch at 6 a.m. Admission is FREE.


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    All Balloon Ride passengers should be checked-in NO LATER than 5:15 a.m. at the Balloon Ride Tent.

    There will be concessions available for purchase as well as a petting zoo, bakery and market.

    Noon July 10

    Gates open at noon for the festival and all activities.

    General Admission is $5 at the gate, which includes an all day activities pass. Children 3 and under are free.

    Sunday tickets are not available in advance, but are included in the ALL ACCESS WEEKEND PASS.

                                          

    Activities include:

     All Day   Tether Rides (CASH ONLY)
     All Day   Children's Activities*

     1-5 p.m.

     Live Music & Entertainment with
     Bill's ToupeeCruise Control

     6 p.m.

     Mass Launch of Hot Air Balloons (All riders should
     be checked-in NO LATER than 5 p.m.)

    * Children's activities include crafts, petting zoo, hay maze, hayrides, haunted house, and fun zone (bounce pad, peddle karts, train ride, cow train, ball toss, right turn maze, labyrinth, big tube slides and more). See the Activities Tab above for a full list!
     

    * Other activities: Tap room, fire pits, and more. See the Activities Tab above for a full list! 

    PARKING IS FREE

    Public and Handicapped parking will be available at Barton Orchards only.

    NO PETS ALLOWED

    No dogs except service dogs are allowed at the festival.

    For continuously updated launch information, visit the Chamber's Facebook page or Twitter.

    Be sure to share your photos and videos! Please use #DCRCOCballoon.

    For updates, a few weeks before the event, call the Chamber's Balloon hotline, sponsored by Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.

    Is there a cost to attend the Balloon Festival? 
    At Barton Orchards, General Admission on Friday and Saturday (gates open at Noon) is $10 in advance and on Sunday is $5. A limited number of tickets will be available at the gate for $12. Saturday and Sunday morning is FREE. Children under age 3 are free. Parking is always free.

    Admission to Migliorelli Farm is free Friday and Saturday afternoons.

    Are there pre-sale tickets?
    Yes! Until July 1 weekend passes are available for $17.95 per person, or purchase your one-day admission ticket for Friday or Saturday for $10. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges, no exceptions.

    Will there be parking available?
    Yes. Parking is available, but is limited at Barton Orchards on a first-come, first-served basis and is free. There will also be free off-site parking with shuttle service a short ride away (1 mile away) on Friday and Saturday. Parking is limited and it is therefore recommended you arrive early. Please follow posted signs and/or volunteer instructions to find parking. Handicapped parking is available at Barton Orchards.

    Public and handicapped parking at Migliorelli Farm will be free, but limited.

    Can I bring a cooler/picnic with me?
    No, outside food and beverages will not be allowed at Barton Orchards. There will be plenty of food trucks, food and retail vendors, concessions, a Tap Room, bakery, market, and more available!

    Outside food and beverages are not allowed at Migliorelli Farm, but concessions will be available for purchase.

    What about chairs and blankets to sit?
    Feel free to bring folding chairs and blankets to both locations, just please be courteous to the balloonists and other visitors.

    What should I wear?
    Barton Orchards and Migliorelli Farm are farms, and both on- and off-site parking is on grass, so it might be muddy and/or dusty. We suggest all visitors should dress appropriately including wearing sturdy, closed-toe footwear and clothes you won’t mind getting dirty. The use of bug and tick repellent and sunscreen is STRONGLY recommended.

    How do I become a Vendor?
    For complete information on being a vendor, click the ‘Vendor’ tab above.

    Can I bring my pet(s) with me?
    No. Pets are NOT allowed at Barton Orchards or Migliorelli Farm. Sorry for the inconvenience! If animals are left in vehicles, the police will be notified. Service animals ONLY are allowed.

    Can I ride in a balloon?
    Yes! A limited number of balloon rides are available for a fee. All passengers must be tall enough to see over the side of the basket (approximately 48-inches). Basket size varies from balloon-to-balloon; therefore riders may not be able to ride together. Passengers should dress in comfortable clothing and closed-toe footwear. The temperature might vary only a couple of degrees from the ground temperature. In the past, balloon rides have been used for engagements, weddings, client rewards, birthday/graduation gifts and more. Don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

    Visit the ‘Take a Balloon Ride’ tab above for complete information. Tether Rides will also be available for a CASH ONLY fee of $20 per person the day of the festival. 

    How much does a balloon ride cost?
    Morning rides are $200 per person and afternoon rides are $225 per person. A $50 non-refundable deposit will be charged at the time of registration (for afternoon launches, $10 ($5 on Sunday) is added to cover the cost of admission; you must show ID and your receipt at the gate). Directions to download a Liability Waiver will be emailed a few days before the festival. All passengers should print and sign the waiver, then bring it along with their receipt and valid ID to check-in at The Balloon Ride Tent. The balance due should be paid (CASH ONLY) at check-in. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges, no exceptions.

    How long are the rides?
    A typical balloon adventure is approximately three hours from set-up through pack-up with the actual flight lasting approximately 45 minutes. You will also enjoy a champagne toast with your pilot and crew and then be returned to the launch site in your balloon’s chase vehicle. Signing up for a balloon flight does not guarantee you will fly, as flights are completely dependent on weather. ALL BALLOONS TAKE OFF AT THE DISCRETION OF THE PILOT.

    Where do I go to check-in for my ride?
    Print your receipt and the liability waiver (sent in a separate email a few days before the festival) and bring both with you on the day of your ride. For afternoon riders, show your receipt and ID at the gate for admission. ALL passengers MUST check-in at the Balloon Ride Tent with ID to pay the balance due (CASH ONLY) and turn in the signed liability waiver. Please plan to arrive roughly an hour prior to the scheduled launch time to ensure you see the balloon inflate and rise. Traffic may cause significant delays, please plan accordingly. Refunds will NOT be issued for missed rides due to late arrival.

    My launch didn’t happen, what do I do?
    If your launch is cancelled for any reason, if there is room at a later launch, you will be asked to try and reschedule at check-in the day of the canceled launch. If, at the end of the weekend, NONE of the launches were successful, the $50 deposit will be refunded.

    What is a Tether Ride?
    A Tether Ride is where a balloon is secured to the ground via rope, often tied to vehicles. The balloon then lifts off the ground to the limit of the rope and then slowly descends. Tether Rides are available at both Barton Orchards and Migliorelli Farm for $20 per person (CASH ONLY) on site.

    What is a Moon Glow?
    The Moon Glow will be a stationary display on Saturday night at Barton Orchards. After dark, weather permitting, a few balloons will fire their burners. When the burners are fired, it makes the balloon glow. We recommend bringing a flashlight for the walk to and from your car.

    When are the Fireworks?
    Fireworks will be on Friday night only and will happen after dark at Barton Orchards.

    What time do the balloons launch?
    The first takeoff during the morning mass launches is slated for 6 a.m. at Barton Orchards. All evening launches at Barton Orchards and Migliorelli Farm are scheduled for 6 p.m. Multiple balloons will launch from Barton Orchards. One balloon will launch at Migliorelli Farm. Moon glows at Barton Orchards will begin after dark. All launches are weather dependent.

    Why are the launches scheduled for 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.?
    To avoid thermal activity during the day, Hot-Air Balloons launch at sunrise and approximately two hours before sunset as a safety precaution.

    Where do the balloons go?
    Wind determines a balloon’s direction. Balloons simply float with the wind. The pilot can control the balloon’s altitude to find a wind going in the desired direction, but you cannot fly upwind or crosswind.

    Where will the balloon land?
    Balloons simply float with the wind. Preflight planning ensures the pilot knows which way the balloon will be traveling, and the pilot makes sure there are plenty of suitable landing sites downwind.

    If we fly, how do we get back to the launch site/our car?
    A chase crew follows along in a van or truck. The chase crew is in radio contact with the pilot, so they can be there when the balloon lands (or soon afterward). You will be returned to the launch site in your balloon’s chase vehicle.

    Will the balloons float back to the launch site?
    Not typically. Balloons float with the wind, so cannot easily change direction to travel in a circle.

    Why wouldn’t a launch happen?
    ALL BALLOONS TAKE OFF AT THE SOLE DISCRETION OF THE PILOT. Sometimes, due to impending weather, wind, or other conditions, balloons will launch early, late or not at all.

    Please plan to arrive an hour prior to the scheduled launch time to ensure you see the balloons inflate and rise. Allow extra time for traffic. Up-to-the-minute information about launch times, including delays, will be available via the Chamber's Facebook and Twitter postings throughout the festival.

    In case of inclement weather, how will I know if balloons are launching?
    As soon as any decision is made on the cancellation of balloon launches, information will be immediately posted to the Balloon Festival website as well as the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce's Facebook and Twitter accounts. ALL DECISIONS TO CANCEL OR PROCEED WITH BALLOON LAUNCHES ARE SOLELY THOSE OF THE PILOTS. Remember, numerous factors contribute to unsafe conditions for ballooning including rain, wind, lightning, etc.

    I got a great photo of the balloons; do you want to see it?
    You bet we do! Please post it to our Twitter, Facebook or Balloon Festival Pinterest pages or share it on Instagram. The best ones might even win a prize!

    Are there hotels nearby?
    Yes! We recommend The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel or Hampton Inn by Hilton, but visit the Chamber’s Business Directory for a complete list of local hotels and motels. We suggest booking your room early!

    Are there restaurants nearby?
    Yes! Visit the Chamber’s Business Directory for a complete list of local restaurants, cafés, and diners. The Hudson Valley is also home to The Culinary Institute of America and you will find some of the finest cuisine in the world served there.

    Are there other things to do nearby?
    Yes! Visit our partner, Dutchess Tourism, Inc. or check out the Chamber’s Community Calendar for a list of local attractions and happenings.

    I have a specific question, who should I contact?
    For any and all questions you may contact the Chamber by emailing Chelsea@dcrcoc.org. Vendors and balloonists should email questions to carmelas@dcrcoc.org.

    Is there a phone number I can call with questions?
    The AT & T Balloon Festival Hotline powered by Central Hudson Gas & Electric is (845) 454-1701. The Hudson Valley Balloon Festival’s Facebook page as well as the Chamber’s Facebook and Twitter accounts will also be updated regularly. Feel free to ask your questions there so others can benefit from the answer, too.

    Balloon Meisters

    Michele (Shelly) & Roger Hooper, Roger & Michele Hooper own and operate Hudson Valley Ballon Adventures in East Fishkill. Roger's first ballooning experience was taking a balloon ride at the Adirondack Balloon Festival in 1983 and he then received his commercial pilot rating in 1994. Shelly got the ballooning bug very young, taking her first balloon ride when she was 10 years old, is now Crew Chief. Roger and Michele enjoy flying the majestic Hudson Valley in their balloon "Limelite" with their daughter, Erin. When they are not ballooning or fishing, Roger is a Regional Sales Manager for Puratos Corporation, a Belgian manufacturer of fine chocolates and bakery ingredients in New Jersey and Michele is the Director of Operations at Barton Orchards in Poughquag and LaGrange.

    Balloonists

    Andrew Avon has been around the world of hot-air balloons since he was 2 days old! As a child, he and his brother were avid attendees of the Adirondack Balloon Festival, involved with distributing balloon festival merchandise. He always enjoyed chasing hot-air balloons during the festival and would make makeshift balloons in his parents’ yard. He took his first flight as a passenger at age 8 and now he’s living his dream! Andrew owns and operates UPstate Ballooning based out of the Lake George region of NY. Andrew’s reputation for safety has given him opportunities to fly special, shaped hot-air balloons for other pilots. He has been praised for his professionalism, thoroughness and cautious piloting style. He has flown all over the United States, Canada and Mexico. Out of all the places he has flown, he still finds upstate New York the prettiest. The views can’t be beat!

    Joel Berka and David Berka, a father-and-son hot-air balloon team from Binghamton, N.Y., are pilots of the “Mystical Breeze” balloon who attend many balloon festivals in the United States and Canada. Dave Berka has been flying since 1979 and has trained many pilots, including his son.

    Charles Blair has had this marvelous sport of ballooning in his close knit family for over 35 years! Almost every weekend is a family get-together. So for him, ballooning is not just about going up and down, but rather a fancy way of creating a recurring family reunion. For this he will be forever grateful!

    Dwight E. Cramer is a resident of Munnsville, N.Y., and the pilot of “Paradise Island” balloon. Cramer's fascination with flying began in childhood; he went on his first balloon ride in 1992 and earned his commercial certificate in 1999. Cramer is well known for providing balloon rides over his hometown area and enjoys participating in balloon festivals throughout the northeast.

    Kim Field first tried her hand as a Balloon Chase Crew member and becoming the pilot of her own balloon quickly became her next goal. Passing the final check-ride and holding her Commercial Pilot's License was worth the hard work involved. Sharing the joys of Ballooning continues to be a great reward for Kim. She wishes to send a special thank you to her Ballooning family, "You are the Chosen Few."

    Rich Hamilton is a Poughkeepsie resident and pilots “Rainbow with a View.” Along with his wife, Lori, and daughters, Sarah and Brittany, Rich has been involved in ballooning ever since he purchased a balloon ride for his wife's birthday many years ago. Since then, the family has attended festivals around the country and crewed for anyone who needed help. He holds a commercial pilot’s license and operates Adventure with Altitude Ballooning, LLC, in the Poughkeepsie area.

    Mike Hernandez began his ballooning career in 2006 after his wife, Ellen, asked for a hot-air balloon ride for her birthday. Mike received his Private Pilot's license in 2007 and his Commercial Certification in 2010. Mike has flown in Canada, Mexico, in 25 U.S. states, including The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Mike and Ellen have owned seven balloons and they have dedicated much of their time helping charities and helping educate people about the sport. Mike has been an organizer of the annual New York State Balloon Association Safety Seminar since its inception in 2008. Mike, Ellen and the team will be flying "Velma" (of Scooby-Doo fame).

    Bill Hughes is the owner of Blue Sky Balloons. He is a former U.S. Navy pilot with over 9,000 hours of flight experience in everything from jets to helicopters. In 1973, Bill helped Malcolm Forbes make a transcontinental flight across the U.S., and he became a Pilot Examiner and Safety Counsellor designated by the FAA. Bill also has served as “Balloonmeister” for many major balloon events with a perfect safety record throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Japan, winning numerous events. He is the past Vice President and board member of the Balloon Federation of America. In winter, when the weather isn’t suitable for balloon flying, Bill spends time traveling the U.S. helping students study for their FAA Pilot Written Examinations. In Liberty Balloon School, Bill has trained over 2,700 pilots in 34 states over the last 29 years. 

    Joyce Lang has been flying balloons for more than 30 years, attending balloon events in 13 states, Canada, France and in the Alps in Austria. She was a volunteer pilot for the Great Eastern Balloon Camp in 2015 and is a past President of the Great Eastern Balloon Association. Now her eyes are set on planning the celebration of the 225th Anniversary of the First Air Voyage in America, serving as Vice President of FAVIA 225. On January 9, 1793, Jean-Pierre Blanchard launched his balloon in the First Air Voyage in America from the Walnut Street Prison in Philadelphia in the presence of George Washington and 4 future presidents. Blanchard carried a letter from the President to be delivered to the property owner wherever he landed, making this the first delivery of air mail in the US as well. We hope you’ll join us in Philadelphia, March 22-25, 2018 to mark this historic event! Like George Washington, Joyce and her crew, Ryan and Dawn Hulvat from Bethlehem, Pa, greatly appreciate the generous hospitality of landowners and respect the importance of farms and the dedication of those who work them.

    Ken Leota flies the world's largest Tuxedo at hot-air balloon festivals throughout the northeast, Canada, and central New Jersey. He is a member of the Balloon Federation of America, the Great Eastern Balloon Association, and has been the recipient of GEBA's Ted Torok Award for Sportsmanship in Ballooning, as well as being Number One in competition in 2006. Not 'SirPrizingly,' Ken's crew includes his wife, Janet, their kids, Adam and Katie, and their Crew-Chief-Chef, Vince Downey. Many other family and friends (including John, Rosey, Courtney, Patty, David, Linda, Scott, Cynthia, Karen, Mark, many others) are also part of the "Sir Prize!" Team (and of course, Ann, Carl, & Vickie are always with us, too!) helping to share the uplifting experience of ballooning with all.

    Matt Lidinsky, pilot of “Windswept,” has been involved in ballooning since the age of six. Matt took his first ride In the Early Times Whiskey Bottle Ballooning and was immediate hooked on ballooning. He has been flying balloons for 13 years and has experience flying across the United States. Matt has also flown in China and Canada. Matt has operated Up Up Away Hot Air Balloon Company since 2002 with an excellent safety record. Matt concentrates on providing his passengers with a safe and enjoyable flight and always putting his clients in the spotlight when performing corporate advertising. Matt is a proud member of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Great Eastern Balloon Association.

    Nick Mazzocchi has been a balloon pilot since 1975. He got into the sport when he and two friends saw an ad for balloon rides in the local paper and decided to check it out. Their first balloon crewing experience led the three young men to the decision to get their licenses and buy a balloon. After a few years of enjoying the sport, they each went their separate ways, sold their balloon and got out of the sport. Fast-forward to 1996. A friend of Nick’s wife, Sherrie, was interested in learning to fly balloons. He convinced Nick to get back into ballooning. (It didn’t take much to convince him!) Shortly after, Nick purchased his second balloon, Mid- Life Crisis, and began to share his love of ballooning with his family, eventually helping both daughters earn their private and later commercial balloon licenses. In addition to flying balloons, Nick is currently pursuing his fixed wing license.

    John Piper has been flying balloons since 1993. When asked why he got into ballooning he always responds, “I’ve been trying to get off this planet all my life.” John's wife, Kate, is his regular crew chief. Kate will not be at the Hudson Valley Balloon Festival as she will be in Rio Brazil setting up for the 2016 Olympics through her day job with NBC Sports. When not ballooning, John works with the Macy’s Parade Studio designing and producing floats, props, costumes and giant inflatables for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. John and Kate live in Pearl River, New York with an overenthusiastic Golden Retriever named January. This is John’s second year flying in Duchess County (and he’s very happy to be back).

    Mike Ranieri is a commercial hot-air balloon pilot and also holds a FAA Repairman’s Certificate working under Hudson Valley Balloon Port, owned and operated by his good friend Russ Barber. Mike has been flying since 1999 and operates Catskill Mountain Balloon, Inc. with flights out of Columbia County airport in Hudson, NY as well as Oneonta, Cooperstown and many festivals throughout the year. He has flown throughout New York, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Canada and Japan. Mike takes every opportunity Mother Nature allows to fly with the rising and setting of the sun.

    Mark Sand has been flying balloons since 2003. He flies "Mystical Flyer." Mark has flown in Connecticut, South Carolina, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, and New Mexico. Mark retired in 2004 as an oceanographer with the Naval Oceanographic Office, headquartered at Stennis Space Center, MS. For the last seven years of his career he represented his agency as Staff Oceanographer for Commander, Submarine Development Squadron 12 at the U.S. Submarine Base in Groton, CT. His job took him around the world on over 25 ships and submarines. He now lives in Mystic, CT, with his wife, Jamie Whitman.

    Kenny Shumate is a veteran pilot who owns and operates The Balloonatic Promotions in Orlando, FL. He has been flying hot-air balloons for over 35 years and is a certified flight instructor. Kenny has flown hot-air balloons in China, New Zealand, Japan, and Canada as well as the United States. The Baloonatic Promotions puts emphasis on providing safe, fun and exciting adventures to remember for years to come. Kenny is a retired firefighter from Walt Disney Fire Department after 30 years of service.

    Rick Silva, the pilot of the “High at Last” balloon from Mystic, CT, got interested in ballooning after attending the ADK festival in 1983. He started flying balloons in 2008 after receiving his pilot certificate in Albuquerque, N.M. Silva received his balloon after his cousin bought a Firefly F8-B and sent it up from Florida in 2007.

    Brian T. Smith grew up around the sport of ballooning and has had his pilot certificate since 2000. "Hover Girl" is Brian's third balloon and the pattern is an homage to his father's original balloon from the 1970s. Stop by and ask his dad, Tom to tell the whole story! When not flying around Dutchess County, Brian is a realtor based in Poughkeepsie, NY.

    Peter Turoff, LaGrange resident, is the pilot for the “Roamin' Candle.” Peter and his wife, Jennifer have been flying in the Hudson Valley since 1996. Last summer, their daughter, Maggie became a student pilot. But their son Ryan will have to wait until he is 14.

    Directions to Barton Orchards

    63 Apple Tree Lane, Poughquag, NY 12570


    FROM NEW YORK CITY

    Bronx River Parkway North to Sprain Brook Parkway North to Taconic State Parkway North to the Hopewell Junction/Sylvan Lake/Beekman Road exit (all three listed on one sign). End of ramp, turn RIGHT onto Beekman Road (County Route 9). Travel three miles to County Route 7. Turn RIGHT onto County Route 7. Barton Orchards is located 1/4 mile on the RIGHT.

    FROM WESTCHESTER COUNTY

    Travel 684 North to Route 22 N (Pawling, NY) to Route 55 West. Travel approximately eight miles on Route 55 to Beekman Road (County Route 9). Turn LEFT onto Beekman Road, travel one mile to County Route 7, turn LEFT. Barton Orchards is located 1/4 mile on the RIGHT.

    FROM CONNECTICUT

    Travel I-84 West to NY State. Take Exit 16N, Taconic State Parkway North, to the Hopewell Junction/Sylvan Lake/Beekman Road exit (all three listed on one sign). End of ramp, turn RIGHT onto Beekman Road (County Route 9). Travel three miles to County Route 7. Turn RIGHT onto County Route 7. Barton Orchards is located 1/4 mile on the RIGHT.

    FROM NEW JERSEY

    Travel Garden State Parkway North to the New York State Thruway (I-87). Travel I-87 North towards Newburgh to I-84. Take I-84 East traveling over the Newburgh/Beacon Bridge. Take Exit 16N, Taconic State Parkway North, to the Hopewell Junction/Sylvan Lake/Beekman Road exit (all three listed on one sign). End of ramp, turn RIGHT onto Beekman Road (County Route 9). Travel three miles to County Route 7. Turn RIGHT onto County Route 7. Barton Orchards is located 1/4 mile on the RIGHT.

    FROM POUGHKEEPSIE AND THE NORTH

    Travel Route 55 East to Taconic State Parkway South to the Hopewell Junction/Sylvan Lake/ Beekman Road exit (all three listed on one sign). End of ramp, turn LEFT onto Beekman Road (County Route 9). Travel 3-1/2 miles to County Route 7. Turn RIGHT onto County Route 7. Barton Orchards is located 1/4 mile on the RIGHT.

    TRAIN from Manhattan is Metro North "Wassaic Line"

    Ends at Southeast station. Change trains to go to Pawling Station in Pawling, NY. Local taxi from Pawling Station is 15 minutes to Barton Orchards. 

     

    Directions to Migliorelli Farm

    245 Guski Road, Red Hook, NY 12571

    FROM SOUTHERN DUTCHESS

    Travel U.S. 9 North to NY-9G North in Rhinebeck. Turn LEFT onto NY-9G North. Travel 7 miles and turn RIGHT onto West Kerley Corners Road. Travel 1.7 miles and turn RIGHT onto Guski Road. Farm will be on the right a half-mile up the road.

    FROM NEWBURGH

    Travel I-84 West/NY52 West to I-87 North (New York State Thruway). Follow signs for I-87 North/New York State Thruway North/Albany and merge onto I-87 North. Travel 31 miles and take exit 19 toward NY-28/Kingston/Rhinecliff Bridge. Slight RIGHT onto NY-28 West and then use the right lane to merge onto U.S.-209 North via the ramp to Rhinecliff Bridge. Continue onto NY-199 East/Frank Sottile Blvd., crossing the bridge (toll). Turn LEFT onto NY-199 East/NY-9G North. Travel 6 miles and turn RIGHT onto West Kerley Corners Road. Travel 1.2 miles and turn RIGHT onto Guski Road. Farm will be on the right a half-mile up the road.

    FROM ALBANY

    Travel I787 South toward I-87/New York State Thruway South. Take exit 1 toward I-87. Keep left at the fork to continue on Exit 23, follow signs for I-87 South/New York/Mass Tpke and merge onto I-87 South. Take Exit 21 toward NY-23/Catskill/Cairo. Turn LEFT onto Main Street, travel a half-mile and turn LEFT onto NY-23 East ramp to Rip Van Winkle Bridge/Hudson. Merge onto NY-23 East. Travel 3 miles and keep RIGHT to continue towards NY-9G South. Take NY-9G South 12 miles and turn LEFT onto West Kerley Corners Road. Travel 1.7 miles and turn LEFT onto Guski Road. Farm will be on the right a half-mile up the road.

    FROM KINGSTON

    Travel NY-32 North/Flatbush Road to the NY-199 East exit. Slight RIGHT onto NY-199 East. Cross the Kingston/Rhinecliff Bridge (toll). Turn LEFT onto NY-199 East/NY-9G North. Travel 6 miles and turn RIGHT onto West Kerley Corners Road. Travel 1.7 miles and turn RIGHT onto Guski Road. Farm will be on the right a half-mile up the road.

    FROM WHITE PLAINS

    Travel I-287 West to the Sprain Brook Parkway North. Continue onto the Taconic State Parkway North to NY-199 West in Milan. Take the NY-199 exit towards Pine Plains/Red Hook. At the end of the exit, turn LEFT onto NY-199 West (signs for New York 199 W). Travel 6 miles and turn RIGHT onto Crestwood Road. Travel almost one mile and turn LEFT onto Feller Newmark Road. Travel 2 miles and turn RIGHT onto U.S. 9 North. Travel 2 miles and turn LEFT onto West Kerley Corners Road. Travel 1.7 miles and turn LEFT onto Guski Road. Farm will be on the right a half-mile up the road.

    FROM NEW JERSEY

    Travel Garden State Parkway North to the New York State Thruway (I-87). Travel I-87 North towards Newburgh to I-84. Take I-84 East traveling over the Newburgh/Beacon Bridge. Take Exit 16N for the Taconic State Parkway North. Continue on the Taconic State Parkway North to NY-199 West in Milan. Take the NY-199 exit towards Pine Plains/Red Hook. At the end of the exit, turn LEFT onto NY-199 West (signs for New York 199 W). Travel 6 miles and turn RIGHT onto Crestwood Road. Travel almost one mile and turn LEFT onto Feller Newmark Road. Travel 2 miles and turn RIGHT onto U.S. 9 North. Travel 2 miles and turn LEFT onto West Kerley Corners Road. Travel 1.7 miles and turn LEFT onto Guski Road. Farm will be on the right a half-mile up the road.

                              
     

    The Balloon Tycoon

    Joe Daily from Q92, known by many as the "Morning Mayor of the Hudson Valley," has been entertaining audiences, both on-air and in person, for more than 35 years. For his many loyal listeners of all ages, his warmth and quick wit have become a integral part of their morning routine. And Joe enjoys his audience just as much as he considers himself privileged to be part of people's lives. Besides providing music, information and an abundance of chuckles every morning, he hopes to encourage and support the individuals, families, community organizations and businesses that call the Hudson Valley home.

    Daily grew up in New Jersey. From about the age of 8, he knew he wanted to be a radio broadcaster. Influenced by the great radio entertainers of the 1940s through the '70s, he followed his dream and pursued his education at Ramapo College of New Jersey, where he earned a bachelor's degree in mass communications. After graduation, he worked at radio stations WSUS in Franklin, N.J., and WKER in Pompton Lakes, N.J.,  before moving to the Hudson Valley in 1979, where he has worked ever since.

    Daily and his wife, Charlotte, live in the"Christmas card" Village of Walden, where they raised their two daughters, Aubrey and Mary. A firm believer in the power of radio to entertain, inspire, encourage and motivate, he spends far more time than the hours he is heard on the air participating in a variety of community events, lending his on- and off-air support to many local organizations working to improve the lives of Hudson Valley residents.

    Read more: www.q92hv.com/onair/joe-daily-332/#ixzz3c0DdZJQQ

    Volunteer Registration

    We need help for our Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival! Interested in giving back and being involved in this great event? Complete the form below and click submit to register to be a volunteer!

    Volunteers may be required to sign a waiver. Questions? Call (845) 454-1700, ext. 1000

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    4-7 p.m. Friday July 8
    7-10 p.m. Friday July 8
    4-7 p.m. Saturday July 9
    7-10 p.m. Saturday July 9
    4-7 p.m. Sunday July 10


 

 

 

The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival on July 8-10, 2016. We are expecting another great weekend with about 100 balloon launches between Friday and Sunday.

We have made a lot of changes to improve the festival, this year! We will host the festival at Barton Orchards at 63 Apple Tree Lane in Poughquag. Two balloons will also be at Migliorelli Farm at 245 Guski Road in Red Hook.

We've expanded our festival hours to have activities happening all day on Saturday & Sunday and most of the day on Friday. NEW this year, thanks to our friends at Barton Orchards, we will have LOTS of family activities such as a petting zoo, crafts, hay mazes, hayrides, food trucks, a tap room, bakery and market, fire pits, ball toss, vendors, live music from great bands, and FIREWORKS (Friday night)! We will, of course, have old favorites like the Moon Glow, tether rides, and rides in the hot air balloons for sale.

Two balloons will be at Migliorelli Farm on Friday and Saturday afternoon. One balloon will launch at 6 p.m. There will be activities and concessions as well as Tether Rides for a fee (cash only). Admission and parking at Migliorelli Farm are free. 

Festival Hours at Barton Orchards

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Friday, July 8 • Noon – 10 p.m.

Saturday, July 9 • 5 – 7 a.m.

Saturday, July 9 • Noon – 10 p.m.

Sunday, July 10 • 5 – 7 a.m.

Sunday, July 10 • Noon – 7 p.m.

 

Balloon Launches at Migliorelli Farm

Admission is free

4-7 p.m. Friday, July 9

4-7 p.m. Saturday, July 10

* See pictures from the 2015 Festival - click here

 


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