After extensive consideration, the 29th Annual Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival, scheduled for July 10-12, 2020, is being postponed until a later date in the fall of this year. The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is working with its partners on alternative formats to this event. The movement of the festival to the fall will still provide the majesty of hot-air balloons, and an opportunity for attendees from around the region and beyond to safely participate in the event while enjoying all that the Hudson Valley offers.
This decision was not made lightly but the safety and health of our attendees and staff are our utmost concern. Without further guidance from New York State on events, we did not have a clear path forward in the month of July and we were left without any other alternative. We will continue to work with health experts on how to safely operate an outdoor festival during these uncertain times, using the most up-to-date public health information and data. Further details will be announced as soon as possible.
Anyone who has previously purchased tickets to attend the event, ride in a balloon, or participate as a vendor will be contacted to provide a refund. We hope to see these attendees at our event in the fall, or at next year’s festival where we will be celebrating our 30th balloon festival.
The Chamber’s President & CEO Frank Castella Jr. had this to say, “Our community could use an uplifting event like this right now, and we will continue to work towards delivering a terrific festival for our community this fall.”
The Chamber thanks its community partners and sponsors for continuing to support this event.
Dutchess County Fairgrounds
iHeartMedia and Q92
Central Hudson Gas & Electric Company
Adams Fairacre Farms
Animal Farm Foundation
DCH Wappinger Falls Toyota
Hudson Valley Credit Union
Integrated Enterprise Solutions
Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union
Mobile Life Support Services
Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel
Quality Environmental Solutions and Technologies
Royal Carting Service Company
Ulster Savings Bank
VIP Reception Sponsors:
Rondout Savings Bank
Poughkeepsie Journal Media
Marshall and Sterling Insurance
Mount St Mary College
TEG Federal Credit Union
Tompkins Mahopac Bank
-The Balloon Festival Team