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POSTPONED until 2021
Location: Carroll County Agriculture Center
706 Agriculture Center Drive, Westminster, MD 21157
Presented by Friendship Hot Air Balloon Co.

The 2020 Carroll County Balloon Festival has been canceled
The health and safety of everyone involved in making this festival happen is paramount in our decision to cancel 2020 Festival and reschedule in 2021.

To our Sponsors, Vendors and Suppliers, we thank you and look for your continued support. Our work now continues to plan for the 2021 Festival.

To the Public, we appreciate the wonderful response and enthusiasm you showed up until about mid-March. We Understand! The Virus then took hold and has since gripped the hearts and minds of many and caused fear to take hold in their desire to get back outside into public gatherings again. As long as the Maryland suggested guidelines for fighting the pandemic include "Avoid Large Gatherings" a successful festival cannot be accomplished.

Discounted Admission and Balloon Flight tickets purchased for this year will be valid for use at our 2021 festival:
1. KEEP YOUR TICKET for 2021! Your ticket will be honored for the 2021 event. NO ACTION IS REQUIRED. This locks in your discounted rate.
2. REQUEST A REFUND. To request a refund, send an email to with the subject: REFUND. Include the following: First & Last Name and Cell Phone #. This refund may take a few days to process. You MUST submit your refund request by August 15, 2020. Any requests after that date will not be honored.

Hope to see you next year!

Be Safe and Be Prepared!

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Our Maryland Hot Air Balloon Festivals from the Past

Maryland Friends preparing to launch in 2019
Festivals Past - Turf Valley Resort
Maryland Festivals Past- Turf Valley
Maryland Festivals Past- Balloon Glow
Maryland Festivals Past- Spectators up close
Festivals Past- Spectators enjoying the action
Maryland Festivals Past
Maryland Festivals Past
Maryland Festivals Past
Festivals - Drone captures Many Spectators
gathered around the "Hot Air Balloon Pit"
Maryland Festivals Past-Getting it Hot!

Guess what The Dreamstar Balloon Team did NOW!
We invited 20 balloon pilot friends from all parts of the country to come to town and participate in the First Annual Balloon Festival right here in Carroll County Maryland.
We met many of our Carroll County Residents over the years when landing in your "backyard" and now we want to celebrate ballooning with you on a Grand Scale.
So Carroll County GET READY!

Festival Activities will include:
-- Three mass ascension flights of up to 15 hot air balloons
-- Special Shape Balloons will join in the fun
-- Passenger balloon flights - BOOK your FLIGHT NOW!
-- Tethered balloon rides
-- Walkabout balloon
-- Balloon Training Demonstration
-- Kids Zone
-- Entertainment: featuring The Fabulous Hubcaps Band
-- Delicious Foods from 15 Food Vendors
-- Specialty Crafts from 60 crafters
-- Sponsors - we cannot do without!

Postponed until 2021.

--RUNNERS get READY for the '5K RUN/WALK AMONG BALLOONS' planned for Sunday Morning. Details and registration will be available soon. GET READY! Waitimg for Stage 3 to kick in.
To Benefit

A Tom Gordon Opinion Carroll County Times -- June 27, 2020

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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 6PM, Sunday 6AM and Sunday 6PM. Passengers will be booked in advance. Use link at the top of page. We need an early commitment on who wants to fly. Experience the Wonder!


A hot air balloon, tethered to the ground, will offer rides ($20 adults and $10 children under 12) up to 60 feet in the air for up to 5 minutes. No advanced booking is required.

Welcome Kids and Adults!
A non airworthy hot air 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.

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 - Visit the Zone


DJ Entertainment by: Carlysle Entertainment

The Fabulous Hubcaps Band will appear live on our outdoor stage on Sunday afternoon.

Festival Attendance Guidelines:
You may not bring:
-- pets (service dogs are allowed)
-- coolers, bottles, cans or food
-- beach umbrellas
-- popup tents (shady spots are available)
You may bring:
-- lawn chairs
-- blankets

Custom Pins Specialist
The Pinlady

A Message from the Balloonmeister

What does 'WEATHER PERMITTING' mean?
1. Winds on the surface should be less than 7 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 in the air within 100 miles of a thunderstorm
5. Balloons launch only at sunrise and 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,

Balloon Demonstration

Kids and Adults will have an opportunity to participate in a hands on FREE demonstration of "HOW BALLOONS WORK". Scheduled from 2-3:30PM Saturday & Sunday. Lead pilot/instructor is Matt Hodgdon from Mt Airy MD.

--- Our host hotels are: The Days Inn -- The Boston Inn

"For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return." -- Leonardo da Vinci

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