"Safety is number one," said Walter Grishkot, the festival's founder and organizer.
The balloon festival will not host a Moonglow in Lake George this year because of safety concerns, according to Grishkot.
Wally and Piko are among a half-dozen guests coming to the festival this year which has upwards of 90 balloons. As always, people are urged to bring cameras and take part in the official Adirondack Balloon Festival photo contest.
The Adirondack Balloon festival is the largest and oldest balloon event of its kind on the East Coast. Pilots come to upstate New York from all over the U.S., Canada and Japan for the event.
For for information on the Adirondack Balloon Festival, visit www.adirondackballoonfest.org.