If you have never attended a hot air balloon festival before, here is what to expect: Balloons are normally on display in the evenings, prior to the scheduled launch time. One tether balloon will set up around 3pm for tethered rides. To date, 20 balloons are schedule to attend, include the sponsor balloon of presenting sponsor, Alston Construction LLC, as well as sponsor Unity Bank and RE/MAX. Balloons are powered by AmeriGas. Other activities continue throughout festival hours. So bring chairs or blankets to relax and watch the balloons go up, stroll around, listen to music, check out the artisans and crafters, get a bite to eat, and enjoy a day in beautiful Warren County, NJ!
The festival is exciting from the ground, but there's nothing like a ride in a hot air balloon! Especially when you're rising into the sky with 20 other brightly colored hot air balloons. Then cruise with the breezes over the bucolic Warren County countryside, and see where the wind takes you. Here's the pricing, Exclusive Couples Flight: $610. Exclusive 3 Passenger Flight: $750. Single Passenger: $225 (not exclusive). Click here to book your hot air balloon ride!
Want to take a ride, but not sure if you're ready for a free-floating adventure? Try a tethered balloon ride! One tether balloon will set up around 3pm for tethered rides. For $15 per person, take a short trip up and down for a nice view of the festivities from the air. The timing may change if the winds are not conducive to handling the balloon in a safe manner.
Have Huey Will Travel will have their Bell Helicopter "Huey", a rare survivor of the Vietnam War, on display from 2-7:30pm on Friday, June 4. Children of all ages can get inside, pretend they are piloting, and learn the story of this historic aircraft. It has quite a history, as it began her service life with the U.S. Army in November of 1967. She served in Vietnam from October 1968 to August 1970 with the 119th AHC, and then again March 1971 until September 1971 with a gunship platoon the 174th AHC, that went by the name “Sharks”. This display is a special tribute to Fred Grotenhuis, the founder of the Hot Air Balloon Festival at the Warren County Farmers’ Fair. Fred was a Huey helicopter pilot who served in Vietnam, and continues to be with the balloon festivals at the college and at the Farmers' Fair in spirit.
Friday only, world-renowned artist Ryan Paul Simmons will be on site from 3-6pm, working with kids on a big canvas, helping them create a cooperative masterpiece, to be auctioned off at a later date. Children are invited to join Ryan but keep in mind they will be handling paints, so make sure they are dressed for the potential mess! NOTE: This event was postponed from Thursday.
NOTE: This event has been canceled due to the weather. On Thursday, June 3, from 4-6pm, join artist Gina Reduzzi, of Art Decanted, as she takes you through painting a picturesque landscape of the rolling hills of Warren County and hot air balloon that graces the skies of our beautiful backyard. Gina will take you through painting the scene in acrylic. The difficulty level is low to moderate, so don’t hesitate to join in! You can make it more challenging by adding more or fewer balloons, and you will even be allowed to create your own patterns! Dress appropriately as you may get paint on things other than the canvas. $25 per person, for festival goers. Space is limited. Click here to sign up.
Matt Fila has photographed Warren County's balloon festivals for many years. On Friday, June 4, join Matt at 5:30pm for some great photography tips. Want to know about lighting or balanced composition? Bring your camera or phone and join Matt for an overview of how to get great photography. Then head out to the balloon launch field with Matt to photograph the mass balloon launch. Space is limited. $10 donation. Click here to sign up.
From 4:30-5:30pm each day, instructors and student pilots will be on hand to demonstrate flying drones, and to answer questions. Warren County Community College is home to a comprehensive drone training program and a drone port established at the Washington campus. Learn how you can get involved in this growing field.
Included with your admission.
Thursday - Dani Doll, singer
Friday - DJ Mitch
Saturday - S.C.3. Entertainment
Sunday - DJ GoldN - Music & Movement
Thursday - DJ GoldN - Music & Movement
Friday - Bobby Clark Band
Saturday - DJ John Harvey - Dance Party
Sunday - Naked Jake (pictured)
Let's end by thanking the sponsors of the Warren County Hot Air Balloons, Arts & Crafts Festival! It's presented by Alston Construction, and balloons are powered by AmeriGas. The festival is supported in part by a grant from the NJ Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism, the folks who show us all that New Jersey has to offer at VisitNJ.org. Gold Sponsors are Warren County Community College, Visions Federal Credit Union, Service Electric Cable TV & Communications, and Sanico. Additional sponsors are Unity Bank, JHM Signs, ReMax, and of course, Explore Warren County Tourism Partnership, who bring you ExploreWarren.org.