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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Balloon Fest Weekend Entertainment Line-up Set

Hey Mama, featuring Avi & Celia

Schedule of Events

VINS Raptor Encounter


 Friday, June 17

3:00 - 4:30      Panhandlers Vermont-grown steel drum band   
4:30 - 5:30      VINS show Raptor Encounter       
6:00 - end      Hey Mama "a washboard rock & roll experience"



Saturday, June 18

8:30 - 9:15      Bob Horan folk singer   
9:15 - 10:00    New England Disc Dogs disc-catching dogs   
9:15 - 10:00    Steve Gratto juggler extraordinaire  
10:00 - 10:45  Bob Horan folk singer
10:45 - 11:30  Waldo & Woodhead physical comedy duo   
12:00 - 12:45  Unit7 "speakeasy jazz for the 21st century"   
1:00 - 1:45     McFadden Irish Dancers Traditional Irish Dance   
1:45 - 2:30     New England Disc Dogs disc-catching dogs
2:00 - 2:45     Steve Gratto juggler extraordinaire  
2:45 - 3:30     Unit7 "speakeasy jazz for the 21st century" 
3:45 - 4:30     McFadden Irish Dancers Traditional Irish Dance 
4:45 - 5:30     Waldo & Woodhead physical comedy duo   
6:00 - end      Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck soulful, modern mountain music

Sunday, June 19

8:30 - 9:15      The MoonTones    four-piece folk/pop/reggae band  
9:15 - 10:00    New England Disc Dogs disc-catching dogs
9:15 - 10:00    Steve Gratto    juggler extraordinaire  
10:00 - 10:45  The MoonTones    four-piece folk/pop/reggae band  
11:00 - 11:45  Waldo & Woodhead physical comedy duo   
12:00 - 12:45  Wild Hill    Bluegrass trio  
1:00 - 1:45     New England Disc Dogs disc-catching dogs 
1:00 -1:45      Steve Gratto    juggler extraordinaire  
2:00 - 2:45    Wild Hill    Bluegrass trio  
3:00 - 3:45    Waldo & Woodhead physical comedy duo    
4:00 - end     Boogaloo Swamis Cajun & Zydeco from the Louisiana bayou

See you June 17, 18, 19 2011
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Photos courtesy of Photos By Nanci

Thursday, April 28, 2011

What's Your Favorite Part of the Balloon Fest?

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Balloon Glow Music
Watching as they gracefully float through the sky
Arts and Crafts  Balloons
Kid ZoneNew England Disc Dogs  Beer and Wine Tent  Food
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Quechee Balloon Fest Named a Yankee Magazine Top 20!

Yankee Magazine Names Local Vermont Establishments to 2011 “Editors’ Choice” List

April 26, 2011
Contact: Heather Atwell
Dublin, NH —Yankee Magazine’s Travel Guide to New England, on newsstands April 26, has named 39 local establishments in Vermont as “Best of New England — Editors’ Choice” winners for 2011. This designation is awarded by Yankee’s editors and contributors, who name select restaurants, lodgings, and attractions in New England to the exclusive list.

This special issue also names 20 “Top Events” in Vermont, for a total of 120 events across New England.

For 35 years, Yankee’s Travel Guide has been the most widely distributed and best-selling guide to the six-state region, providing readers with a comprehensive vacation-planning tool and daily reference... READ MORE

Top Events
The “Top 20 Events” in Vermont, according to Yankee Magazine, include:
JUNE 17-19: QUECHEE, Quechee Hot Air Balloon, Crafts & Music Festival. Come to the Quechee Green: food, music, kids' activities, skydiving demonstrations, 20 colorful hot-air balloons on scheduled flights, balloon rides, beer garden, and 75 crafters and vendors. 800-295-5451, 802-295-7900;

Call ahead to confirm dates, times, and admission prices.
“Editors’ Choice” selections and “Top Events” will also be recommended on For more information visit:

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Where to Stay for the Quechee Balloon Fest?


13 items found View On Map
39 South Main Street White River Junction VT 05001
(802) 295-3110
56 Ralph Lehman Dr. White River Junction VT 05001
(802) 295-3051
188 Dewey Mills Rd Quechee VT 05059
(802) 296-3646
102 Ballardvale Dr White River Junction VT 05001
(802) 291-9911
U.S. Route 4 Quechee VT 05059
(802) 295-7600
530 Woodstock Road Woodstock VT 05091
(802) 457-3312
121 Ballardvale Dr White River Junction VT 05001
(802) 299-2700
34 Cross Rd Quechee VT 05059
(802) 295-9500
984 Quechee-Hartland Rd Quechee VT 05059
(802) 295-0606
1119 Quechee Main St Quechee VT 05059
(802) 295-3133
520 US-5 South Fairlee VT 05045
(802) 333-4326
104 Ballardvale Dr White River Junction VT 05001
(802) 296-2800
21 Water St Claremont NH 03743
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Friday, April 1, 2011

The 2010 Quechee Balloon Fest Photo Contest Winner has been chosen...

2010 Quechee Balloon Festival Photo Contest Winner

The winner of the 2010 Quechee Balloon Festival Photo contest is Sandra Silva of Reading, VT. Here is the winning shot!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Balloon Festival 2011 Information

31st Festival Highlights

This past year was one of our best Festivals for weather!  The Festival opened with sun & blue skies on Friday afternoon. The balloon ascension & balloon glow were magical! The new Kid's Zone by Green Mountain Children's Center was a BIG HIT! The VT Army National Guard was there with a very popular climbing wall & inflated slide. Everyone enjoyed the great food, crafts and entertainment!
A quiet Saturday morning flight looked serene in the early morning valley! Another great day with record-breaking crowds. Parachuters, the New England Disc Dogs, the kid's train & more great entertainment kept everyone entertained. Unfortunately, the wind prevented the balloon flight on Saturday evening, a disappointment, but Mother Nature ruled.
Sunday was warm and windy. The Jumptown ski divers made spectacular landings again in challenging conditions, but the wind prevented tethered balloon rides until 7:30pm!  We waited, and saw the balloons go up twice: about 7:30am in the mist after an early morning shower, and again at 7:15pm. What a thrill!
Check this site for updates on the 32nd Festival in 2011.

Balloon Flights

6:00 p.m. Friday evening and 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday
There are five flights over the weekend--wind and weather permitting--during which over twenty colorful balloons ascend over the Quechee valley and beyond. What a sight!
Tethered balloon rides are available during the day (again - weather permitting!)


In celebration of Hartford's 250th anniversary, there will be a historical reenactment.
Enjoy the Balloon Glow on Friday evening, continuous bands, comedy acts, dance routines all weekend and the "Kid's Zone" (by the Green Mountain Children's Center) with games, rides, playground, face-painting & more.
Watch the amazing New England Disc Dogs & the Jumptown Parachute Demonstration Team.
Fun! CLICK HERE or on "Schedule of Events" for the 2011 schedule.

Food Court & Vendors

Northeast Concessionaires returns again this year with their fabulous Food Court. The Food Court offers great food for everyone including those blooming onions & healthy wraps!
There are over 60 outstanding craft artisans from pottey to potpourri. Commercial vendors, area businesses and non-profit organizations offer information and bargains galore!
Interested in being a Festival vendor this year? Click HERE

Admission & Parking

Admission Tickets are good for the entire weekend.
Adults -- Children 6-12 -- and children 5 and under are FREE!!
Once in, there is a reasonable charge for the day at the Kid's Zone & small charge for the Rambling Railroad. All other entertainment is included in the admission fee.
On Sunday, Dads accompanied by a child get half-price admission. Happy Father's Day!
Parking is available on the Green for a small fee.
A limited number of self-contained RV SPACES  are available at the Festival grounds.
Sorry - No Dogs Allowed on Festival Grounds, service dogs only.

Quechee Balloon Festival 2011

Featuring Music, Fine Art, and Crafters on the Quechee Green

Father’s Day Weekend
June 17, 18 and 19, 2011
The longest continuously running Hot Air Balloon Festival in New England features over 20 hot air balloons, with flights scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Friday, June 17th; 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 18th and Sunday, June 19th (always weather and wind permitting). Balloon rides will be available to purchase on our website prior to, and during the event. Featuring continuous music and entertainment for all ages, and over 60 craft artisans and commercial vendors. Children’s activities include train rides, a bungee jump,  an inflatable climbing wall, slide and tunnel; craft activities, and face painting. And of course there will be festival food, a beer and wine garden, and more surprises!
Sorry no dogs allowed on festival grounds, service dogs only.