GLENS FALLS, NY — Organizers of the Adirondack Balloon Festival have announced details for this year’s 49th annual event to be held September 22-25. The event will be a tribute to Joan Grishkot, who along with her husband, Walter, were two of the event’s co-founders.
“Jeanne will never be forgotten. Her commitment to public service was unmatched as Warren County Health Director and has served on the board of more than 20 local nonprofit organizations,” said Mark Donahue, Board Chair. of the Festival. There will be a special tribute to Joan at the Saturday morning launch with some surprises in store.
This year’s shapes are highlighted by a Tasmanian Devil-style balloon. “TAZ” debuts this year and joins “Sunny Boy,” “Mr. Snowman,” “Pandy the Panda Bear” and a new addition to the festival, “The Bird” from Montreal, Canada.
The organizing committee also announced that the festival will be back in full force with food vendors, a craft fair, children’s activities, live music performances, and more. The Open Door Ministry will once again host the traditional Hangar Breakfast. This year’s breakfast will be held in a large tent due to renovations at Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport.
The event will begin Thursday, September 22 at 4 p.m. at Crandall Park in Glens Falls. Events continue through the weekend at Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport (Warren County Airport).
Training will be held this Saturday, September 17 at 9 a.m. at Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport for spectators interested in learning how to equip and assist balloon teams. Most special shaped balloons will require extra help to inflate their balloons and this is a great way to get involved in the event!
Below is a list of scheduled events:
Thursday September 22 Crandall Park – 690 Glen Street, Glens Falls.
4 p.m. Opening of food stands
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. The group “BEATIN THE ODDS” performs
5:00 p.m. Opening Ceremonies
5:30 p.m. Flight of 10 + balloons
6-9:30 p.m. Downtown Glens Falls, block party with balloon baskets on display, car show and kids’ activities!
Friday September 23, Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport – 443 Queensbury Avenue, Queensbury.
3 p.m. Doors open
4:30 – 6:30 p.m. “THE K&O SHOW” performs
5:00 – 6:15 p.m. Flight of up to 50 balloons, including special shapes
Saturday September 24 Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport – 443 Queensbury Avenue, Queensbury.
4:30 a.m. Doors open
6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Food vendors, exhibitors, craft fair and children’s activities open to the public 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. “Let’s Celebrate Joan” A tribute to one of our co-founders, Joan Grishkot flight of up to 75 balloons, including some special shapes
2:30 – 6:30 p.m. Musical by Carolyn Shapiro and “Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys” 5:00 – 6:15 p.m. Flight of 50+ balloons (other balloons will remain on the ground to prepare for the glow) 8:00 p.m. “LIGHTING UP THE NIGHT” – MOONGLOW with up to 50 balloons. Bring your flashlights!
Sunday September 25 Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport – 443 Queensbury Avenue, Queensbury.
4:30 a.m. Doors open
6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Food vendors, exhibitors, craft fair and children’s activities open to the public 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. “Walter and Joan’s Mass Ascension” flight up to 75 balloons + special shapes 10:00 a.m. Airport closes.
Sunday September 25 Crandall Park – 690 Glens Street, Glens Falls.
3 p.m. Opening of food stands
4 p.m. “Across the Pond” performs
5-6:15 p.m. Closing flight of 10+ balloons
The food vendors, craft fair and exhibitors are all set to return to this year’s event. Annual Suspended Breakfast Supporting the Open Door Mission • Adults $10 – Children 12 and under $6. Flight times are approximate and all activities are permitted by weather conditions. No smoking…..no dogs….No drones or remote control planes allowed.
The Adirondack Balloon Festival is a non-profit organization governed and operated strictly by volunteers. The event relies on the support of the community for its financing. For 49 years, the hot air balloon festival has been free to the public. The festival attracts 125-150,000 people to the region each year and has a substantial impact on the region’s economy.
For more details, visit: www.adirondackballoonfest.org. Or call: 518-222-4593.