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  • Balloon Festival Postponed

    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.
     
    Event host:
    Dutchess County Fairgrounds
     
    Event sponsors:
    Bottini Fuel
    iHeartMedia and Q92
     
    Hotline sponsor:
    Central Hudson Gas & Electric Company
     
    Balloon sponsors:
    Adams Fairacre Farms
    Animal Farm Foundation
    Atlas Star
    DCH Wappinger Falls Toyota
    Hudson Valley Credit Union
    Integrated Enterprise Solutions
    KeyBank
    Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union
    Mobile Life Support Services
    Poughkeepsie Galleria
    Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel
    Prager Metis
    Quality Environmental Solutions and Technologies
    RBT CPAs
    Royal Carting Service Company
    Ulster Savings Bank

    VIP Reception Sponsors:
    CPL
    Rondout Savings Bank
     
    Media sponsor:
    Poughkeepsie Journal Media
     
    Event supporters:
    JGS, CPA
    Marshall and Sterling Insurance
    Mount St Mary College
    N&S Supply
    TEG Federal Credit Union
    Tompkins Mahopac Bank


    -The Balloon Festival Team

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