For one weekend each September, the skies over Dutchess County fill with hot air balloons for the Hudson Valley Balloon Festival. The festival has grown from a local tradition to something much bigger, attracting hundreds of balloonists and thousands of visitors from around the world to take part in a full weekend of activities, including hot air balloon rides, helicopter rides, live music and entertainment, food trucks and families. Activities.
This year, the 31st Annual Hudson Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival was held over Labor Day weekend at Tymor Park in the town of Union Vale and featured 100 hot air balloon launches. Photographer Jessica Chappe was there to take it all in.