The ninth Chester County Balloon Festival takes flight this June
● By Richard Gaw
By Steven Hoffman
The Chester County Balloon Festival is moving to a new venue, the New Garden Flying Field, in 2015.
The ninth annual event will take flight on June 19, 20, and 21.
The festival features more than 20 colorful balloons in the sky. The opportunity to see the launch of these colorful hot air balloons up close is a rare visual spectacle that gives attendees a day filled with fun—and lasting memories.
The balloons will be launched on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings, as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings, weather permitting. The launch times of the balloons coincide with when conditions are most favorable. Tethered and untethered balloon rides will be available during the three-day event.
The Chester County Balloon Festival is the only balloon festival in the area and always attracts thousands of spectators, including many travelers. There will be many family-friendly activities throughout the balloon festival, and the move to the New Garden Flying Field offers unique events. For example, balloon festival attendees can enjoy biplane and helicopter rides and introductory flight lessons.
Each day of the festival has its own lineup of activities, and there will be dozens of vendors, ranging from local favorites to national ones, including a variety of clothing and jewelry merchants, crafters, and non-profit organizations with information booths. Victory Brewing Company will be setting up a beer garden.
Another highlight of this year's event will be a Saturday morning community pancake breakfast sponsored by the local Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association. The popular fireworks display is also returning this year, and is set for 9 p.m. on Saturday.
Admission to the festival is $10 for adults and $5 for children between the ages of 6 and 12. Children under the age of six enter for free. Proceeds from the event benefit local organizations.
To make a reservation for a balloon ride or for more information about this year’s balloon festival, visit www.CCBalloonFest.com.