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Sat & Sun, September 14-15, 2019
Located at the Delaware Coastal Business Park/Airport
21788 Nanticoke Avenue, Georgetown, DE 19947
Hosted by The Sussex Academy Foundation

Activities include:
-- Mass ascension of up to 15 hot air balloons
-- Passenger balloon flights
-- Tether balloon rides
-- Walkabout balloon
-- Kids Activities
-- Entertainment
-- Delicious Foods
-- Specialty Crafts
-- Sponsors - we cannot do without!

>> ADMISSION FEE of $10 for adults and kids 10 and over(children under 10 will be free) will be charged daily and paid upon your arrival at festival grounds. No parking available for buses, trailers or campers.

---Activities for kids will include face painting, games, and air-brush tattoos will be available. The Sussex Academy Technology Science Association will be offering build your own tissue paper hot air balloons (and see them fly). A fee will be associated with each activity.

---Long sleeve festival shirts will be on sale for $20. Festival baseball hats will sell for $15. 2019 Festival pins will sell for $10. A variety of hot air balloon wind twisters will sell for $15. Cash and Credit will be accepted.

---There will be tables/chairs set under a tent where guests can sit to enjoy the festival entertainment as well as watch the balloons. A second tent will be set up where guests can set up their blankets/chairs for balloon viewing. Guests may bring in small beach chairs and/or blankets for balloon viewing. Tents, canopies, umbrellas, pets, outside food and drinks are not permitted.

---THERE WILL BE LIVE RADIO REMOTES ON SATURDAY (Eagle 97.7 FM, Cool 101.3 FM, and The Wave 97.1 FM) from 1pm-5pm.

---Balloon Ascensions are scheduled (weather permitting) for 5:30pm on Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15. See schedule for details.
While the festival will be closed Sunday morning September 15, a balloon ascension will take place (weather permitting) at 6:45am. Those in the local area will be able to view the balloons flying over Sussex County.

---A balloon walkabout will be on site (weather permitting). Adults and children can walk through the balloon. The cost is $3 per person-cash only.

>> Food Vendor and Crafter applications are on-line. See link above!

>> SPONSORSHIP Applications are available on link shown above. Will your Company be next?

Sponsors: Watch our list grow!


The Cristy Stafford Household

>> BALLOON FLIGHT REGISTRATION: Come fly with us in one of our beautiful balloons. $240 per person for a 30-45 minute balloon flight. Three mass ascension flights are scheduled: Saturday 5:30PM, Sunday 6:45AM and Sunday 5:30PM. All passengers will be booked in advance. On-line registration is ready now... See link above. Experience the Wonder!

A hot air balloon, tethered to the ground, will offer rides ($20 adults and $10 children under 12). GO up to 60 feet in the air. No advanced booking is required.
Take our Tether Survey to determine how many tethered balloons will be required.

>> WALKABOUT BALLOON: Welcome Kids and Adults!

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.

> Balloon Demonstration Camp: Kids and Adults will have an opportunity to participate in a hands on demonstration of "HOW BALLOONS WORK". Scheduled from 2:30-4PM Saturday & Sunday. Lead pilot/instructor is Matt Hodgdon from Mt Airy MD. This is a Free Demonstration.

We are grateful to Community Supporters

>> KIDS ZONE - Activities for kids will include face painting, games, and air-brush tattoos will be available. The Sussex Academy Technology Science Association will be offering build your own tissue paper hot air balloons (and see them fly). A fee will be associated with each activity.


March 28, 2019 article/interview

February 28, 2019 video interview

>> Festival Restrictions:
-- No coolers, bottles, cans or food permitted
-- No pets
-- No tents or beach umbrellas
-- No bicycles or skateboards

A Message from the Balloonmeister

What does "WEATHER PERMITTING" mean?
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
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