The Adirondack Balloon Festival is the oldest and largest balloon festival on the East Coast and attracts participants from all around the world. This year the event celebrates its 40th anniversary.
continued On Saturday and Sunday at the airport, activities and breakfast begin at 5 a.m. Eighty to 90 balloons lift off at about 6:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. both days Vendors open up early and continue all day. On Saturday, a special balloon titled the World’s Largest Petting Zoo” is to debut. It features 10 specially shaped animal balloons that inflate side by side.
Saturday’s signature anniversary event will be the “40 for 40” Moonglow at the airport where there will be as many as 40 hot air balloons inflated and illuminating the night sky at 8 p.m.
All flights are weather permitting.
The airport liftoffs are so eagerly anticipated that they annually prompt people to get out of bed at 4 a.m. or earlier to get to the airport in time to beat the crowds.
The action at the airport includes an art show, concessions to benefit local charities, military aircraft on display, kites, a rock climbing wall and bounce houses for children, and church services on Sunday morning.
Spectators are urged to bring their camera because there are plenty of dramatic photo opportunities — but dogs are barred from the grounds.
Thursday festivities kick off at Crandall with the inflation of our 40th anniversary special shape birthday cake balloon, this will be followed by a flight of 25 balloons. Events move to downtown Glens Falls for the Block Party where highlights include a candlestick balloon glow, kid’s activities, music, food, and fireworks.
Newly available this year is VIP Parking. Located in front of the airport terminal, passes are available for a fee of $15 for the weekend. This provides priority parking and separate entrance and exits. For details, see: www.adirondackballoonfest.org.