Hot Air Balloons will once again take to the skyways the weekend of Sept. 24-26 (Friday-Sunday) when the 1st Annual Warren County Hot Air Balloons, Fun and Games Festival launches at Warren Community College launches at its Washington Township campus on Route 57. Hurricane date is October 1, 2 & 3.
This event is intended as a community-wide celebration with non-profits invited to participate and use the 3-day affair to raise funds for their respective organizations.
A drone racing tournament on Saturday will be one of the event’s highlights, with drone demonstrations throughout each day. The drone racing tournament will begins at 10 am. Limited to 40 participants for this big race with some big cash prizes so advanced registration is recommended.
Hot air balloons are scheduled to lift off around 5:15 p.m. each night. Additionally on Saturday at 7 p.m. there will be a Balloon Glow. Also appearing will be Fred G. Monster, along with several other balloons for a Balloon Glow, around 7 pm. Tethered rides will be offered daily, beginning tentatively at 3:30 pm. Prices are $15 for adults and $10 for youth ages 12 and under. Limited full flight balloon rides are available, starting at $225 per person.
Saturday features the 1st Sky’s the Limit Bike Show on Saturday Sept. 25 hosted by Rolling Thunder Chapter 3 NJ. Registration for this fundraiser for the organization is from 3-5 p.m. with judging and awards at 7 p.m. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the bike show go to Rolling Thunder.
On Sunday enjoy the Hot Rides & Hot Air Balloons Car & Truck Show with registration beginning at 2 p.m. Just a $10 donation with proceeds going to the future Fred T. Grotenhuis Veteran Community Center. This includes music by DJ GLDN from 4-7, with awards ceremony at 6:30, in the following categories: Antiques (older than 1996), Classics, Customs, Camaros, Corvettes, Imports, Jeeps, Mustangs, Rods, Special Interest, and Trucks.
Among the musical entertainment throughout the weekend will be singer, Dani Doll, follow by the Green Planet Band on Friday from 6-8 p.m. On Saturday, DJ GLDN kicks off at 3 with Music and Movement, followed by singer, Dani Doll. Local Favorite, Jeff Bellfy Band, entertains the crowd on Sunday from 4-8 p.m.
Discounted advanced tickets for the event are available at www.balloonfestnj.com for $8 (adults), $4 (children), and $5 for parking, through September 22. Day of show it is $10, $5 and $5 respectively.
Warren Community College has plenty of lawn to spread out and social distance. Pets, food and alcoholic beverages are prohibited (with the exception of snacks & beverages for small children). Feel free to bring blankets and lawn chairs.
Organizers are looking for participation for all events, whether you are an artist, a non-profit with fundraising needs or a pilot.
Inquiries can be made at firstname.lastname@example.org.