Happy New Year! Sorry for the delay on the official date announcement for 2019… we had a fair share of house keeping as they say. Anyway, let the planning start for the 47th Annual Adirondack Balloon Festival, September 19-22!
Here is the link to upgrade to the VIP Parking Pass. The pass is designed to get you quicker access IN via the Queensbury Ave entrance near the terminal entrance of the airport. Passes are limited so don't wait. Please note that these passes are sold via the county and the festival is not responsible for replacing them nor can assist in any issues. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the fine folks over at Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport.
Perhaps one of the most popular questions is, "How can I book a flight". We add pilots to the "Balloons & Rides" page as they register and their information comes in. We just added that first group of pilots so check them out over at that page. Please follow the procedures properly by only contacting a pilot that you'd like to fly with. Those listed with phone numbers and or emails can be contacted for flights. The festival will not broker rides and will not suggest a pilot for you. Each pilots set his or her own price as well.
Hello all! We have been busy at work here at the festival ordering apparel and booking our special shapes. We are excited about this year's logo and can't wait to share it with you all. In the meantime, the application for anyone applying to be a food vendor at the 2018 festival is now officially closed. We will be contacting anyone that has been selected. The hard working entertainment committee are also working on booking some great bands for the 46th. Stay tuned for that information as well as registering pilots and official schedule.
Information regarding becoming a food vendor at the 2018 Adirondack Balloon Festival can be found over on the HOME page. Or, you can directly access the link to the form here. lease complete this form if you are interested in becoming a food vendor at the 2018 Adirondack Balloon Festival. All requests must be submitted by July 6, 2018 to be considered. Priority status will be given to local, not-for-profit organizations. Local vendors are prioritized next. There is VERY LIMITED space and vendor decisions will be made after this date. All applicants will be notified at that time. (All CRAFT vendor inquires must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org).
2017 Photo contest winners are up! Click on the Photo Contest tab to check them out!
NEW TRAFFIC PATTERN ANNOUNCED – With the assistance of Warren County airport and DPW officials, we are pleased to announce the use of a new airport access road to help ease congestion. All spectator traffic will now enter from RIDGE RD to use airport runway parking. The new traffic flow will have cars entering on the east/west runway and will be directed to parking via signage and DPW staffing. This will include regular handicapped parking. There will be 2 dedicated exits from the runways, Hicks Rd, and Queensbury Ave, based on parking location. All VIP Parking will continue to enter and exit from Queensbury Ave.
Big, big announcement Monday! The Adirondack Balloon Festival is proud to announce that we will be welcoming the DREAMSHIP Balloon to the 2017 festival! The balloon was created by Folds of Honor with support of the Rite Aid Foundation. Folds of Honor is a not-for-profit organization which honors the nation’s fallen and disabled service members and their families. Funds raised by the organization is used to fund scholarships for the spouses and children of our fallen heroes.
The balloon was born in late 2016. The fabric of the balloon showcases artwork created by Folds of Honor scholarship recipients, symbolizing their hopes and dreams for the future. It stands over 8 stories high and features 130 unique drawings or dreams.
The new balloon will arrive in time to participate in this year’s opening ceremonies on Thursday, September 21, 2017 beginning at 4pm. Weather permitting, the balloon will offer tether rides (proceeds to benefit their scholarship fund) both Thursday and Sunday evening, and do free flights during the rest of the weekend.
VIP Parking Passes are quickly selling online and actually did sell out at some point on or near Labor Day weekend. A few more were added a few days later so you have few a couple of days left to take advantage of the $15 add-on. Remember, The Premium Parking Pass gets you the closest available public parking for the entire event. Also, the Premium Parking lot is accessed via an expedited travel route for quicker access. We still encourage you to leave very early to get to the festival. If you miss out online, there are local places to buy:
- Warren County Department of Public Works office at 4028 Main Street, Warrensburg NY (518) 761-6559
- Warren County Treasurer's Office at 1340 State Route 9, Lake George NY (518) 761-6375
- Town of Queensbury Town Clerk's Office at 742 Bay Road, Queensbury NY (518) 761-8234
- City of Glens Falls City Clerk's Office at 42 Ridge Street, Glens Falls NY (518) 761-3801
Best to call first and these can not be mailed and remember, these are not sold by the festival so we can not replace or assist if you have lost your pass.
Special Shapes announced over on the Facebook page a week or so ago but you can also find them here on the Balloons & Rides tab. In case you can't wait to click on it you'll be seeing Owlbert Einstein, Scorch the Dragon, as well as the U.S. Flag Balloon. For the returning balloons to the festival please welcome, Smiley the Scarecrow, Yellow Bird and Puddy Cat and Pokey the turtle! The festival folks are always in need for volunteers when it comes for helping out for getting these guys up and running so don't be afraid to walk up and say hello to the pilot and crew and offer to help.
Speaking of help, if you want to get more involved in the festival, we offer a free crew training on Saturday, September 16 at 9AM at Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport in Queensbury, NY. You'll learn the basic ins and outs of crewing but don't worry, there won't be any written test, obstacle courses or public speaking. Come on out, volunteer, have some fun. After all, everyone who works so hard to put on this festival, it's its 45TH year, ARE ALL VOLUNTEERS.
New 2017 Schedule Tab added up on the navigation bar on the homepage. You can find the complete schedule there. A downloadable version will be available in late August or early September. A few adjustments and or additions may be added to that schedule.
VIP Parking Passes, a popular add-on item, are now available HERE. The passes, which are sold by Warren County, get you key access from Airport Road in Queensbury while the general public has to use the entrance on Hicks Road via Ridge Road. The best $15 you'll ever spend. For the handicapped, yes... there is also parking there. It gets you closer to the action, that's for sure.
Head over to the "Balloon & Rides" tab to book a ride with a pilot for the upcoming 2017 festival. Please note. Only contact the ones with a phone number OR email. Those are the only pilots who are booking rides. The festival does not set prices on flights... please contact a pilot.
Greetings from Upstate New York! The folks here at the Adirondack Balloon Festival are busy finishing up the logo, finalizing contracts with some wonderful bands and organizing paperwork as pilot registrations come in. We will be adding the first of those on the Balloons & Rides Tabs as they come in and the information is gathered. Also, make sure you visit the Facebook page as it's a crucial place to keep updated as well! We have some exciting special shapes shaping up... that sounds weird!
While we are waiting for the snow to melt, the Adirondack Balloon Festival committee are busy with logo design, booking entertainment and more! If you are interested in participating in the Zonta craft fair, the updated information can be found via the "Craft Fair" link on the top of the page. We will add information on the Northeast RV link and soon as it is provided to us. VIP Parking Passes, organized and sold by Warren County typically go on sale early Summer and we will updated the Facebook page and official website with that information and links.
Don't forget, the official dates for the 45th annual festival are September 21-24, 2017.
For those looking to book a flight during the 2016 festival or just want to take a look at the wonderful balloons and pilots who will be attending, just click on the "Balloons & Rides" tab. Only those listed WITH a phone number and or email are currently accepting rides. Check back often as more will be added as pilots get registered.