Balloon Festival set to launch June 7-9

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CAMBRIDGE – The Balloon Festival Committee along with the Cambridge Valley Chamber of Commerce have been busy working to bring the annual Balloon Festival to the community once again, celebrating the 22nd festival with some new additions.

New this year, you will have an opportunity to purchase a Tethered Ride. Scott Griswold with Above All Balloon Rides will be piloting these rides for $20/person. You can purchase your tickets at the festival starting Friday night at 5 p.m.

Saturday will be Wristband Day at the carnival. Buy a wristband for $25 and get unlimited rides from 1-9 p.m.

The committee and the Chamber are putting together the schedule of activities, which will include four launches of hot air balloons (Friday and Saturday evening and Saturday and Sunday morning). All launches take place at the Cambridge Central School on Route 22 (wind and weather permitting). Evening launches typically occur around 7 p.m.; morning launches at 5:30 a.m.

Besides the launches at the school on Friday and Saturday, there will be a carnival, craft fair and food vendors.

On Friday night at Railroad Park next to Argyle Brewery, there will be a block party with music, food vendors and the Pilot’s pulled pork barbecue. Purchases of a BBQ ticket for $15 helps bring this festival to visitors free of charge. Call or text 518-677-0887 to reserve your tickets today).

Also on Friday evening at dusk there will be a fantastic fireworks display at The Mansion Park on South Union Street.

On Saturday, throughout the day there will be several activities including the Lions’ car show, the Flying Club, and many businesses ready to welcome you to Cambridge. On Saturday evening, the annual Moon Glow — a spectacular nighttime display of tethered hot air balloons that are lit from inside in time to music — will take place at the Cambridge Central School at dusk. Bring a chair or blanket, come for the launch, enjoy some food, shop at the craft booths and stay for the glow.

Sunday brings an end to the official festival activities with a Pilots Breakfast at the American Legion on Route 22 in Cambridge, NY. This is an opportunity to meet the pilots.

Community Sponsored Events

Local organizations augment the festival with activities to entertain crowds between the launches and to showcase the Cambridge community. 

In and around the village, activities such as craft fairs, farmers’ markets, museum tours, concerts, car show, fly-in and gallery events occur. Information will be posted on the Chamber website at www.cambridgenychamber.com as it is finalized and details become available.  

Organizations wanting to be included on the official schedule of events must send information in writing to P.O. Box 405, Cambridge, NY 12816 or via email to [email protected]. The deadline to be included is May 15.

Support for the festival

Festival-themed merchandise is available for sale beginning in late May. These items help support the festival and make it possible for most activities to occur free of charge.

Sponsors are also crucial to the success of the balloon festival. Opportunities range from sponsorship of an entire balloon ($1,500 — you get a free ride for two along with free tickets to pilot events, advertising and more) to event sponsorships ($500-$200). Gold and silver sponsorships are available for $150 and $100, respectively. Visit the website for sponsorship information or call 518-677-0887.

Donations toward the fireworks are always needed and welcome. To help keep this display a part of the annual event, send donations in any denomination made out to CVCC Balloon and reference “Fireworks” in the memo line.

Mail  donations to P.O. Box 405, Cambridge, NY 12816. Individuals or businesses making gifts of $400 or more will be acknowledged in press releases and at the event as fireworks sponsors.

Additional Information

For information on Cambridge, or the balloon festival, call 518-677-0887 or visit the website www.cambridgenychamber.com.