CHESAPEAKE BAY BALLOON FESTIVAL
previously the CHESAPEAKE BAY BALLOON AND WINE FESTIVAL August 2-4, 2019
at Triple Creek Vineyards 11138 Three Bridge Branch Road, CORDOVA MARYLAND
Maryland's largest Hot Air Balloon Festival returns to Talbot County.
photo courtesy of Betty Fowler
Propane Sponsor "We power these Giant Balloons"
Please welcome our NEWEST Balloon Shapes: Alex Cat and Terri Mouse!
5K Run Run with the Balloons Sunday Morning- register Now on link above.
>> ADMISSION TICKETS are available- click on above link.
>> SPONSOR OPPORTUNITIES click on above link-
--- Sponsor the Balloon Glow
--- Sponsor a sport balloon
--- Sponsor a Tethered balloon
--- Sponsor a Special Shape Balloon
Contact Nancy on 410-442-5566 for details.
We welcome our NEWEST SPONSORS - 'RE/MAX' and AT&T.
>> FOOD VENDORS -FULL. Applications are closed.
>> CRAFTERS - Applications are now being accepted. See link above.
>> Volunteer Crew Registration is now OPEN. What a thrill!!
>> BALLOON FLIGHT BOOKING: Come fly with us in one of our beautiful balloons. $240 per person for a 30-45 minute balloon flight. On-line registration available NOW.. see link above..
>> 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. No advanced booking is required.
>> WALK-ABOUT BALLOON: A large 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 included: face painting, hay rides, large bounce house and slide.
(tell us what you think)
Festival Attendance Rules: You may not bring:
-- coolers, bottles, cans or food
-- beach umbrellas
You may bring:
-- lawn chairs
-- pop-up tents (must not be set up within 100 feet of balloon launch area)
"Carnival" will return in 2019.
It is not just another pretty face. Three faces grace this unique special shape balloon. It was born in Brazil and stands 85 feet tall.
A Message from the Balloonmeister
What does “WEATHER PERMITTING” mean?
FOR SAFE FLIGHT:
1. Winds on the surface should be less than seven 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 within 75 miles of a thunderstorm
5. Balloons launch only at sunrise or 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, Ballooning USA
What does a winery have in common with hot air balloons?
>> The Roaming Railroad will be 'roaming' the grounds again, providing fun rides for adults and kids - $5.00 tickets.
> Balloon Training Demonstration Camp: For Kids and Adults will have an opportunity to participated in a hands on demonstration of "HOW BALLOONS WORK". Scheduled from 2-3:30PM Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Lead pilot/instructor is Matt Hodgdon from Mt Airy MD. This is a Free Demonstration.
>> OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS: --- Our host hotels are the Quality Inn and Holiday Inn Express on Rt 50 Easton --see links upper right
---CAMPING Check out Holiday Inn Park in Greensboro.
"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