POUGHQUAG, N.Y. -- The Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival will be on July 8 to 10.
Those who purchase tickets by Friday, July 1 will save $2 on the cost of admission to Barton Orchards. With about 125 launches between Friday and Sunday, the festival also features activities happening all weekend at 63 Apple Tree Ln. in Poughquag. Two balloons will also be at Migliorelli Farm at 245 Guski Road in Red Hook on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Admission to the morning's mass launches on Saturday and Sunday is free and the gates will open at 5 a.m. Admission to the festival starting at noon is $10 on Friday and Saturday in advance with a limited number of tickets will be available at the gate for $12 and $5 on Sunday available at the gate only. An all-access weekend pass is available for $17.95 until July 1. Both on- and off-site parking are free and off-site parking includes shuttle service when necessary.
There will be lots of family activities such as a petting zoo, crafts, hay mazes, hayrides, food trucks and vendors, a tap room, bakery and farmer’s market, fire pits, ball toss, live music entertainment by bands on two stages, and fireworks Friday night. There will be helicopter rides and hot-air balloon rides available for a fee in advance. Tether rides will also be for sale the day of the event, cash only.
The expanded moon glow, scheduled for Saturday night, will include 10 balloons lighting up the night sky.
For the first time this year, a mass balloon launch will be held on Sunday evening. Balloon launches will be at 6 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and 6 p.m. Friday to Sunday. All launches are completely weather dependent. Updates will be posted on the Chamber’s website as well as its Facebook and Twitter pages.
At Migliorelli Farm on Friday and Saturday afternoon, one balloon will launch at 6 p.m. There will be activities and concessions as well as tether rides for sale. Admission and parking at Migliorelli Farm are free.