Saturday, September 12, 2009

"The 2009 Adirondack Balloon Festival, Thurs. Sept. 24th thru the 27th"

The Adirondack Balloon Festival will be celebrating it's 36th year, when they take flight on Thursday September 24th, from Crandall Park in Glens Falls, N.Y. (Rte. 9). Opening ceremonies along with the first launch (which will be limited to only a dozen or so balloons) will start at 5pm. The Stony Creek Band will also be performing in the "Shell", which is a new outdoor stage. Get there early, because the traffic will be thick! On Friday the 25th, the festival moves to the Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport in Queensbury, where it stays untill it's end on Sunday. Friday's lift off is at 5pm, and will consist of roughly 60 balloons.
If you're looking for "the big show", then the weekend is where it's at! Make sure you get some sleep, and plan on getting up before the Rooster crows, because the morning launches both start Sat. and Sun. at 6:30am, with nearly 100 balloons participating! With high volumes of traffic a definite, the early bird not only gets the worm, but a good parking space! There will also be two afternoon launches Sat. and Sun. at 5pm, for the not so early birds. The Sat. afternoon launch will consist of 90+ balloons, with Sunday only having around 20, but will be offering (for a fee) rides to the public. There will be a "Big Balloon Breakfast" both days in "The Hanger", from 5am-11am, as well as food and drink provided by different civic organizations, Sat. 6am-7pm, and Sun. 6am-5pm. In addition to the balloons, there will be activities to help keep the children occupied, such as kite flying and a rock climbing wall. Kids can also show their creative side by participating in a Balloon Art Show! There will also be a display of different military aircraft to enjoy. On Sat. from 2-5pm there will be a DJ on hand at the Entertainment Tent, and on Sun. from 2-5pm The Jonathan Newell Band will perform. On Sunday (starting at 8am) the Entertainment Tent will also host a Catholic service, followed by a Protestant service at 9am. Entry into the festival is free, so hope for great weather, bring the camera, and enjoy! See ya there! :-)

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