GUESS WHAT ARE COMING to DELAWARE!
BALLOONS OVER SUSSEX FESTIVAL
Sat & Sun,September 14-15, 2019
Located at the Delaware Coastal Business Park/Airport
21788 Nanticoke Avenue, Georgetown, DE 19947
Hosted by The Sussex Academy Foundation
-- Mass ascension of up to 15 hot air balloons
-- Passenger balloon flights
-- Tether balloon rides
-- Walkabout balloon
-- Kids Activities
-- Delicious Foods
-- Specialty Crafts
-- Sponsors - we cannot do without!
>> Admission fee of $25 per car load will be paid upon your arrival at festival grounds. No parking available for buses, trailers or campers.
>> Food Vendor and Crafter applications are now on-line. See link above!
>> SPONSORSHIP Applications are now available on link shown above. Will your Company be next?
>> BALLOON FLIGHT REGISTRATION: Come fly with us in one of our beautiful balloons. $240 per person for a 30-45 minute balloon flight. Three mass ascension flights are scheduled: Saturday 5:30PM, Sunday 6:45AM and Sunday 5:30PM. All passengers will be booked in advance. On-line registration is ready now... See link above. Experience the Wonder!
>> TETHERED BALLOON RIDES:
A hot air balloon, tethered to the ground, will offer rides ($20 adults and $10 children under 12). GO up to 60 feet in the air. No advanced booking is required.
>> WALKABOUT BALLOON: Welcome Kids and Adults!
A large balloon will be partially inflated on the ground. Children and adults will be able to venture into the center of this colorful balloon ($3 children and adults). Pay on site.
>> BALLOON GLOW -- So what is a balloon glow?
The hot air balloon festival event now known as a balloon glow was invented in Albuquerque in 1979, when local pilots inflated balloons on Christmas Eve night as a thank you to local residents. The sight of balloons lit from within at night like giant holiday ornaments is breathtaking, and glow events are now held all over the world.
>> KIDS ZONE - Details coming
>> MEDIA COVERAGE:
March 28, 2019 article/interview
February 28, 2019 video interview
>> Festival Restrictions:
-- No coolers, bottles, cans or food permitted
-- No pets
-- No tents or beach umbrellas
-- No bicycles or scateboards
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A Message from the Balloonmeister
What does “WEATHER PERMITTING” mean?
FOR SAFE FLIGHT:
1. Winds on the surface should be less than seven mph
2. Winds at 3000 feet should be forecasted to be less than 20 mph
3. Rain should not be in the forecast for the period of scheduled flight
4. A hot air balloon should not be within 75 miles of a thunderstorm
5. Balloons launch only at sunrise or 1-3 hours before sunset
The most desirable flying conditions are good visibility, light winds and no precipitation
Final decision as to fly or not to fly is made 45 minutes before scheduled flight during the pilot briefing
-Ron Broderick, Ballooning USA
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