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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

Activities include:
-- Mass ascension of up to 15 hot air balloons
-- Passenger balloon flights
-- Tether balloon rides
-- Walkabout balloon
-- Kids Activities
-- Entertainment
-- Delicious Foods
-- Specialty Crafts
-- Sponsors - we cannot do without!

>> 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?

Sponsors: Watch our list grow!

The Cristy Stafford Household

>> 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!

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.

We are grateful to Community Supporters

>> KIDS ZONE - Details coming


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

A Message from the Balloonmeister

What does "WEATHER PERMITTING" mean?
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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