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Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival
July 10 - July 12
The Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival is in its 29th year of hosting balloonists and vendors from all over the country. The festival's history has evolved into a Hudson Valley tradition and has grown into a full weekend of activities, drawing tens thousands of visitors from all over the world. Some of the festival favorites are the evening Majestic Hot-Air Balloon Illumination Moon Glow, tether rides, and rides in the hot-air balloons throughout the weekend! In addition to 100 balloon launches scheduled annually, we offer helicopter rides, hayrides, games, live music, adult and children's activities and so much more.
The Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival is located at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds
Balloon Meisters: Roger & Michele Hooper
Roger & Michele 'Shelly' own and operate Hudson Valley Balloon Adventures in East Fishkill. Roger's first ballooning experience was taking a balloon ride at the Adirondack Balloon Festival in 1983 and he then received his commercial pilot rating in 1994. Shelly got the ballooning bug very young, taking her first balloon ride when she was 10 years old, is now Crew Chief. Roger and Michele enjoy flying the majestic Hudson Valley in their balloon "Limelite" with their daughter, Erin.