Balloon Festival in State of New York

Glens Fall, NY —  The 40th Anniversary Adirondack Balloon Festival has been scheduled to be held from Thursday September 20th to Sunday September 23 at Crandall Park in Glens Fall and the Floyd Bennett Memorial in Queensbury, N.Y.

This year’s event will feature 100 hot air balloons, the highest number of participating balloons in the past 20 years.  Additionally, Mark Donahue, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Festival stated that “This year’s event will feature more than 10 special shape balloons, the most ever, with a unique theme.  More information will become available at a later date as contracts are finalized.”

One of these shapes is the Birthday Cake balloon which will be the first balloon to lift off at the opening ceremony to be held at Crandall Park in Glens Fall on Thursday, September 20 beginning at 4pm.  It will carry the 40th anniversary banner to acknowledge the special celebration this year.

Special events are also being planned for both Friday and Saturday evening.  The “Moonglow” will return to Lake George on Friday evening wiht a special illumination of 3 ~ 43 balloons at the Battlefield Park.  A band will entertain the spectators and fireworks over the lake will follow the “Glow”.

On Saturday, September 22nd, a special anniversary event titled “40 for 40” will feature 40 balloons in a massive “Moonglow” at the Airport following the Saturday evening flight.  “If we are able to make this happen, it will be the largest moon glow of hot air balloons in the Eastern United States” stated Steven Sellingham, Vice Chair of the Festival Board.

The logo adopted for the special anniversary was designed by Lynn Benevento of the Lynn Benevento Gallery and Jessee Tyree of Blackdog Designs.  The logo features participating balloons enriched by a ruby border to commemorate the 40th anniversary.

Mr. Donahue added that the Festival planning and fundraising is well underway.  The event is not-for-profit which relies on community support for revenues from sponsorships and advertising.  Warren County is currently contemplating a donation for parking to offset County expenses related to wages and overtime to host the event at the Airport.  The Festival Board is proud to continue the tradtion of the event for not charging an admission fee.  More than 100,000 spectators are expected to attend the 4 day event.

For more information:
For sponsorship or advertising information contact Mark Donahue @ 518-22-4593

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