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Warren County Hot Air Balloons, Arts & Crafts Festival highlights!

Warren County Hot Air Balloons, Arts & Crafts Festival This high-flying fun festival makes for a great day for families - with Hot Air Balloons, Drone Demos, Music, Entertainment, Food Trucks, Vendors and more! Friday, June 2 through Sunday, June 4 (Hurricane Date: Friday June 9 through June 11) 2 - 9 pm Warren Community College, 475 Route 57, Washington NJ Warren Community College, in Washington, is the site of the first balloon festival for the season in Warren County, NJ. The Warren County Hot Air Balloons, Arts & Crafts Festival runs from June 2 through June 4, 2023. Purchase discounted tickets, including Friday Family Fun packs, online through June 1. Single ticket discount prices are $8 for adults, $4 for youth ages 4-12, children 3 and under are free of charge. Friday Family Fun Packs are $25 for up to 5 people in a car. Parking is $5. After June 1, admission prices are $10 for adults, $5 for youth ages 4-12 and parking remains at $5. (Online charges apply but the more you buy, the more you save. Cash only at the gate.) The event kicks off on Friday at 2 pm. On Friday Family Fun Day, also save $5 on numerous activities. Tethered rides, normally $20 per adult and $15 per youth ages 4-12, rides will be $15 and $10 respec-tively. Try out your golf swing with DP Golf and PGA Golf Professional David Plarre. The SNAG® (Starting New At Golf) system is the easiest and most fun way to learn to play golf. Get your half price - $5 Bucket of Golf Balls. Try your luck at Games with Fun Affairs, like ax throwing (not real ones, so fun and safe for all ages) or try your skills at the Next Level Ninja obstacle course. Purchase tickets for these and other activities at the Balloon Ride tent. If you have never attended a hot air balloon festival before, here is what to expect. Balloons are normal-ly on display in the evenings, prior to the scheduled launch time. A tether balloon will set up around 4:30- 5:00 pm for rides, should weather conditions allow. Take a short trip up and down for a nice view of the festivities from the air. Pricing is $20 for adults, $15 for ages 4-12, and 3 and under is free with a paying adult. Organizers anticipate up to 15 balloons in attendance, including the sponsor balloons of Alston Construction LLC and RE/MAX. Full flights are available for purchase by calling 908-283-0721 or emailing fly@balloonfestnj.com. On Saturday and Sunday, experience the spectacular Balloomination, not just a balloon glow but a glow synchronized to familiar music. The show starts at 8:15, weather permitting, and will last around 45 minutes. Did you know that Warren Community College has one of the top Drone programs in the nation? Learn how to build, repair or fly a drone with Warren UAS, covering – air, ground or even underwater un-crewed vehicles! There are a variety of professions that utilize uncrewed systems for efficiency, and you could be on the forefront of this fast growing field, with high paying jobs. Be sure to check out the Drone demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday, happening at the College’s Drone Port. A variety of musical entertainment is planned. Enjoy the sounds of dulcimer musicians each day. In the evenings, from 6-8 pm, enjoy the Celtic fusion sound of Na’Bodach, on Friday night, the School of Rock House Band on Saturday night, and some Doo-wop by Jersey Sound on Sunday. Other entertainment includes a ventriloquist on Friday, and Balloons the Clown on Saturday and Sunday, from 3:30-6:30 pm. Also enjoy the entertainment of Phydeaux's Flying Flea Circus. Enjoy the Hot Rides & Hot Air Balloons Car & Truck Show, on Sunday, June 4. All makes and models wel-comed. Pre-registration is recommended for the car show, to ensure your spot. There will be awards for the Top 10 entries -- people’s choice, and a Best of Show -- judged. Shop and explore at the Arts & Crafts and other exhibitor vendor booths. Find great festival food choic-es, from a variety of food trucks. Other attractions include the June Jumble Combat Robot competition. Up to 80 combat robots will bat-tle it out, starting at noon on Saturday, with the competitions picking up again on Sunday, until the last Bot in each category is standing. Visit RobotCombatevents.com to enter your Bot. Enjoy some time in the country. The Warren Community College has a large lawn surrounding the bal-loon port. Feel free to bring blankets, lawn chairs and small games like quoits or corn hole for your en-joyment. Pets, food and alcoholic beverages are prohibited (with the exception of snacks & beverages for small children). Proceeds from the event support the Warren Community College Foundation, the Fred T. Grotenhuis Veterans Community Center project and the Fred Grotenhuis scholarships (fredgscholarships.org). Visit www.balloonfestnj.com/more-festivals.html for pricing on admission, parking, tethered and full balloon flight, and for online tickets. Note, tethered rides are first come, first served and may not be reserved. Purchase tickets at https://fareharbor.com/balloonfestnj/dashboard/items/434071. Supported in part by a grant from the NJ Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism. Vis-itNJ.org. Entertainment made possible in part by the Warren County Cultural & Heritage Division of Land Preservation, www.warrenparks.com/wcchc

Flying Objects and Other Fun Invading Warren Community College And Area 57 April 29 WASHINGTON TWP. – Nevada has Area 51. Warren County has Area 57! If you are curious about life – after high school or looking to change careers – but are uncertain of your future, check out Area 57 and the Uncrewed Systems Programs at Warren Community College, Route 57, Washington, on Saturday April 29. Area 57 will be held in conjunction with Droning On, a regional Drone Education event organized and staffed by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) which will coincide with the FAA annual Drone Safety Day. Droning On is a free, three-day UAS community engagement event. The first day focuses on education, the second day is for public safety and local government, and the third day is open to the general public. More information may be found at www.faa.gov/uas/events/droning-on. Area 57 will showcase the College’s nationally acclaimed Uncrewed Systems Program, which teaches piloting, design and development, and the maintenance and repair of drones, as well as AI and Robotics. Area 57 focuses on careers, education and fun – an important combination in life. The event will include other aviation and types of tech, like hot air balloons and robots, showcased at both the College and neighboring Warren County Technical School. Area 57 is looking for other groups focused on technology, aviation, education, and fun, to join up. Contact the college president’s office about setting up a booth to share your club information and knowledge, or demonstrate your business or hobby. Drones were first used as military devices. One of the first aerial systems used by the military was combination hot air balloon and torpedo, in the late 19th century. Hot air balloons were also used for reconnaissance, observation, and communication. As technology advanced balloons were equipped with cameras, telegraphs, and other instruments that allowed for even better reconnaissance and observation. Other types of uncrewed aerial vehicles were pilotless torpedoes, used in World War I. Fast forward to 1990’s when the US military ramped up the development and use of drones, like the well-known Predator drones. Around 2006, the use of drones for non-military applications began. In 2017, Warren began to build what is now a nationally acclaimed Uncrewed Systems Program, known as WarrenUAS that has been recognized by industry leaders and the FAA as one of the best in the country. Uncrewed Systems technology is one of the fastest-growing sectors in today’s career market. It is the future of aviation and all transportation. Uncrewed vehicles are used today in an ever-increasing number of industries such as surveying, construction, mining, environmental sciences, agriculture, commercial package delivery, public utilities/energy, cinematography and photography, search and rescue, and public safety/law enforcement. And all these industries are currently understaffed in qualified professionals. Warren offers the following programs, to help you get started in one of these industries. • Associate of Applied Science in Uncrewed Systems – Learn to pilot drones and robots, and repair them. •Option available for Precision Agriculture studies. •Option available for Commercial Space Operations. • Drone Pilot Certificate – Become an FAA-licensed Drone Pilot. • Drone Repair & Maintenance Certificate – Learn how drones and robots work and how to repair them. Activities Galore Planned For April 29 Warren Community College is also home to two popular Hot Air Balloon Festivals. Planned balloon activities for Area 57 are a presentation on How A Balloon Works. Get hands-on experience handling a balloon, with RE/MAX of NJ. Walk inside an actual hot air balloon, that will be cold inflated with fans. Special shape hot air balloon, Fred G Monster, will also invade the event. The Thank You Balloon will also be making a stop, on it’s USA tour. The Thank You Balloon is a project designed to perpetuate and inspire gratitude by flying a balloon inscribed with hundreds of handwritten thank you notes over towns and cities all across the globe. Learn more about this project at www.thankyouballoon.org Combat robots will face off in April Annihilation, featuring the Beetleweights, Plastic Ants, and Antweights. To register visit www.robotcombatevents.com/events/918. The new arena - dubbed Arena 57 and built with the support of the Warren Community College and Explore Warren County Tourism Partnership, will be set up next door - along with other activities, at Warren County Technical School. The event is free for students, Veterans and seniors. For other visitors, a suggested $5 donation is appreciated, but not required to attend. Donations will be applied to any event expenses and to help establish the newly formed Garden State Combat Robot League (GSCRL.org). Food will be available for purchase. To keep up to date on the full schedule of events, visit www.balloonfestnj.com. For more information on the event call or text organizer, Giulia Grotenhuis, at 908-283-0721, or via email at info@balloonfestnj.com. Area 57 is organized by Flying Festivals of Warren County, in cooperation with the Warren Community College Foundation, and proceeds from the events benefit the Foundation, in addition to Fred Grotenhuis Scholarships and Fred T Grotenhuis Veterans Community Center project. Supported in part by a grant from the NJ Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism (VisitNJ.org). Photos available upon request. # # # Giulia Grotenhuis giulia51@verizon.net 908-283-0721

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