November 5, 2018: Bill Costen, Master Hot Air Balloon Pilot And Former Footballer, Opens New Exhibit In Hartford Library
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September 26, 2018: Adk Balloon Festival draws large, enthusiastic crowd
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Carol Silva, a crew chief of a balloon based in Mystic, Connecticut, expressed a similar thought about the festival. She and her partner Rick Silva were for years spectators at the festival, then her cousin bought the couple a balloon so they could participate in the sport — and the Adirondack Balloon Festival. This is the fourth year the Silvas have launched a balloon at the event.

“This is the best festival of all the ones we participate in, because it has so many spectators — and they are so enthusiastic,” Carol Silva said.

August 23, 2018: Hot Air Balloon Festival Returns To Plainville This Weekend
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August 25, 2017: Plainville Hot Air Balloon Festival Lifts Off At Norton Park
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June 28, 2017: Goshen Hosts Inaugural New England Balloon Festival
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August 18, 2016: Party In Plainville: 3-Day Hot Air Balloon Festival Returns
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July 2, 2015: Green River Fest: Music And Hot Air Balloons
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August 24, 2014: 2014 Plainville Fire Company’s Hot Air Balloon Festival (Photo Gallery)
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June 4, 2014: Hot Air Balloon A Surprise For Plainville Students
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Pilot Frank Bart took the students and Principal Andrew Batchelder aloft in the wicker basket. The balloon rose about 100 feet and stayed there several minutes before descending for a gentle landing

August 24, 2013: Balloons Galore In Plainville (Photo Gallery)
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August 24, 2012: Plainville Balloon Festival (Photo Gallery)
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