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Hang in there America! We will Survive and be Stronger!
and just in time to be a part of
A Huge Celebration of Life
CARROLL COUNTY BALLOON FESTIVAL
August 29-30, 2020
Location: Carroll County Agriculture Center
706 Agriculture Center Dr., Westminster, MD 21157

Presented by Friendship Hot Air Balloon Co.




Guess what Dreamstar Balloon Team did!
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 you(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!




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Festival Activities will include:
-- Three mass ascension flights of up to 15 hot air balloons
-- Two Special Shape Balloons will join in the fun
-- Passenger balloon flights - On line booking coming SOON!
-- Tether 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!


--RUNNERS get READY for the '5K RUN/WALK AMONG BALLOONS' planned for Sunday Morning. Details and registration will be available soon!
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Daily Admission Fees:
Adult General Admission Tickets are:
-- $20 for Adults and Children 12 years and older.

Child General Admission Tickets are:
-- $5 for Children 6 to 12 years old.
-- Free for Children under 6 years old

EARLYBIRD Discount Tickets - ON SALE NOW! click on link above.




HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHTS:

 
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 on advance. On-line registration will be available SOON!. Experience the Wonder!


TETHERED BALLOON RIDES:
 

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.



WALKABOUT BALLOON: 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.


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 soon.

>> ENTERTAINMENT:

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




Festival Attendance Guidelines:
You may not bring:
-- coolers, bottles, cans or food
-- beach umbrellas
-- popup tents (shady spots are available)
You may bring:
-- pets-- but they are not allowed in the balloon launch area
-- lawn chairs
-- blankets


A Message from the Balloonmeister

What does 'WEATHER PERMITTING' mean?
FOR SAFE FLIGHT:
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, BallooningUSA.com


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


>> OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS:
--- 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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