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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.