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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.

Gentle Giants vs Mother Nature

Round 1 (Friday afternoon)
-- Showers/sprinkles delayed tether rides for a time
-- Flights were cancelled
-- Magnificent Balloon Glow took place on schedule

Round 2 (Saturday morning)
-- Dense Fog grounded all balloons.

Round 3 (Saturday afternoon)
-- Breeze delayed tether rides
-- A stunning mass ascension of balloons took place
-- Second balloon glow was again thrilling to the spectators

Round 4 (Sunday morning)
-- Clear skies and calm conditions allowed for a beautiful mass ascension

Round 5 (Sunday afternoon)
-- Breezy conditions delayed tether rides
-- An approaching storm cell at launch time cancelled the flight

Results: Three days of tethers, Two Glows and Two mass ascensions

And the Winner: Hot Air Balloons and Spectators!




photo courtesy of Betty Fowler








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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.

>> FOOD VENDORS -FULL. Applications are Closed.

>> CRAFTERS - Applications are Closed

>> Volunteer Crew Registration is now OPEN. What a thrill!!

>> BALLOON FLIGHT BOOKING:TICKETS GOING FAST (Sat AM and PM are booked) -- 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 for up to 5 minutes. 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 Sponsored by PM Pediatrics. includes: face painting, hay rides, large bounce house, water gun games, slide and more.


(tell us what you think)

Festival Attendance Rules:
You may not bring:
-- coolers holding bottles, cans or food
-- pets
-- beach umbrellas

You may bring:
-- lawn chairs
-- pop-up tents (must not be set up within 100 feet of balloon launch area)
-- blankets


"Carnival" returns!
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 410-820-8333.
---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


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