The hot air balloon festival that happens each summer in Warren County, NJ is moving to a new location for 2020 for a five-day event that will include drone demonstrations and more.
The balloon festival, now in its 20th year, has been held annually at the Warren County Farmers' Fair. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on large gatherings, it was not possible to hold the Fair in its traditional fashion. While the fair is on hold, the balloon festival is moving the event to Warren County Community College. The College has been a long-time sponsor and over recent years started doing drone demonstrations to highlight their new Drone Program at the College. In the interest of doing their program justice, balloon festival organizers thought, why not hold the event in close proximity to their Drone Port? A win-win.
Tickets are now on sale online for the five-day festival. The schedule is:
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Balloon Launches will be in the mornings at 6:30 a.m., followed by Drone Demonstrations by Warren County Community College, and Tethered Rides, as weather allows.
Wednesday through Sunday
Drone Demonstrations by Warren County Community College, will be followed by Balloon Launches in the evenings at 6:30 p.m. and Tethered Rides, as weather allows.
5:30 a.m. - $4 per person (processing fees may apply)
2:30 p.m. - $6 per person (processing fees may apply)
Hot Air Balloon Rides are available for $210 per person (processing fees may apply).
Major credit cards are accepted and full refunds are given should rides be cancelled due to inclement weather. To schedule your ride at the Balloon Festival with festival coordinators Balloonatics & Aeronuts LLC, call 908-283-0721 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tethered Rides will be offered after the morning and evening launches. Enjoy a short trip to tree-top level!
The Balloon Festival will hold the 14th Annual Bicycle Balloon Race on Wednesday, August 19, with a raindate of Thursday August 20. All of the funding raised from biker registrations go toward a local initiative, the Fred T. Grotenhuis Veterans Community Center project. Look for more information to come! Previous efforts have raised funds for the Fred Grotenhuis Memorial Scholarships.
Sponsors of the Warren County Hot Air Balloon Festival include the Explore Warren County Tourism Partnership.