Check back for updated schedules. The following is a general outline of events.
1:00 - 2:00 pm - Registration for Hot Rides & Hot Air Balloons Car & Truck Show (Sunday)
2:00 - 8:00 pm (exact times will vary)
Gates Open - Games, Arts & Crafts, Vendors, Food Trucks, Music - Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for the shows (please leave pets and alcohol home)
Historic Tales of Warren County - a presentation every 20 minutes, on a variety of interesting nuggets about Warren County, including a few (gasp) ghost stories.
Meet the Pilot - Kids! Learn what it is like to be a hot air balloon pilot with Just Ducky Hot Air Ballooning! Get your own little Pilot Log Book and ask questions to get you on track to become a pilot yourself!
Fun Affairs - Games Trailer along with a Bounce House and Ax Throwing (for kids) . Try your skill at some games or enjoy the bounce house, with your $5 ticket. Tickets sold at the Balloon Ride tent.
Entertainment by Calderon Charities of America Broadcast Network.
2:00 - 5:00 pm (Sunday)
Hot Rides & Hot Air Balloons Car & Truck Show
Registration from 1-2 pm. Top 10 - Participant Judged Trophies / Best of Show Trophy - Panel Judged, Awards Ceremony 5pm
Drone Flying Demos & Lessons - Instructors and student pilots will be on hand to demonstrate flying, and to answer questions.
Tether Rides (weather permitting)*
$25 per person. Ages 3 and under free with paying adult
(No infants or toddlers. Others at the discretion of the pilot.)
5:15 pm (tentative)
Hot Air Balloons inflate & depart the field (may be delayed as late as 6:15 pm if it is windy.)
Fred G Monster special shape balloon. This special shape balloon is amazing to watch as it transforms from a blob of green material into fangs, tentacles and antennas. Little kids that dare can get up close and personal, and collect some Halloween candy from Fred G, if they promise not to pull any mischievous pranks!
As the night falls, be ready for the Balloon Glow. Kids can get their LED bracelets at the Balloon Ride tent and help us light up the night! This amazing show is brought to you with the support of Explore Warren County Tourism (explore warren.org), RE/MAX of NJ, and Warren Community College!
With the help of Calderon Charities of America Broadcasting we will be putting together a musical & visual delight!
*About Tethered Rides. Times on Tethered Rides are general and will be delayed if it is too windy. Once we begin, they will continue until the line is finished or weather prohibits. Tickets will be sold at the Balloon Ride Tent, once we have a general start time. We recommend not purchasing your non-refundable tickets before the balloon begins setup, which will be when the weather conditions safely allow.
A note about your attendance and our preparations.
Balloons fly when the winds are most calm, which is in the evening about two hours before sunset. The balloons generally cannot be inflated in the afternoon.
If you are looking for instant gratification, balloon festivals are not for you! Balloon inflations happen in the evenings when there is less wind. Sometimes we have to wait. Sometimes we can't inflate at all. Please keep this in mind, and plan your visit accordingly. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs to enjoy a nice day in the country (leave your pets and alcohol at home). Walk and explore the 1.2 mile walking trail on the campus. Take in the beauty of the campus and our country surroundings.
We know it is upsetting when the balloons do not go up, but we invest and work hard to provide other entertainment and activities. Additionally, we plan balloon ground shows to both demonstrate what strong winds can do to the balloons. Our pilots are always willing to answer questions once we open up the field for spectators. But if the balloons do not go up we still need to pay our bills! Portajons, tent rentals, insurance and other entertainment do not become free in that case! Therefore there can be no refunds if the balloons do not fly.