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Hot Air Balloons

If visiting the Hudson Valley this summer, the Hudson Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival, July 7-9, 2017 is a must attend event. The event offers tethered and untethered hot-air balloon rides, helicopter rides, live music and entertainment, mazes and labyrinths, hayride and more. There will also be fireworks on Saturday and Sunday nights. Bands will play on the Main Stage and Entrance Stage all weekend long. The balloon festival is hosted and organized by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The first balloon festival was held in 1990 and over the years the numbers of hot air balloons in attendance has ballooned to well over a hundred. This coming July, there are well over over that amount of balloon launches expected between Friday and Saturday. General Admission to the festival on Friday and Saturday is $12 and on Sunday are $5 at the gate only. Saturday and Sunday mornings are free. Parking on the grounds is limited but there will be offsite shuttle parking available.

The balloons first launch is scheduled for 6 a.m. All evening launches are scheduled for 6 p.m. Moon glows will begin after dark. All of the balloon launches are weather dependent. A moon glow is a display of balloons that fire their burners after dark, when the burners are lit, it makes the balloon glow.

The Hudson Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival event location is at Barton Orchards, 63 Apple Tree Lane, Poughquag, NY. For additional information about the festival visit http://www.dcrcoc.org/balloonfestival and http://www.balloonfesthv.com. Visit them on Facebook and Twitter.

While the festival will offer a host of concessions, here are some local restaurants within 15 minutes of the Orchard for your dining pleasure
Pleasant Ridge Pizzeria 
Montebello’s Restaurant & Brick Oven Pizza
Beekman Square Diner 
Tommy’s Pizza and Deli 
Empire Wok 
Green Haven Bistro 
Great Wall Chinese Restaurant (845) 724-5387
Brother’s Trattoria 

Hot Air BalloonsGoing to an outdoor festival at the high of the summer months can be a challenge by itself with the heat, so bug and especially a good tick repellent are highly recommended, as well as sunscreen and hats. Keep in mind if planning to go on a balloon ride, temperatures may only be a few degrees lower than the ground temperatures, but if it’s a windy day, temperatures higher up can get chilly, so plan to bring a lightweight windbreaker with you.

Barton Orchards itself is a local pick your own farm with fruit and produce including over 25 apple varieties, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, beans, squash pumpkins and more. On the weekends, the farm has live local bands from around the region and an annual car show. The bake shop offers it’s delicious cider, homemade apple pies and cider donuts. Don’t forget to check them out on Facebook. Come check the orchard out (open seasonally) and Barton Orchards Market & Bakery (Open Year Around) in the heart of Poughkeepsie.

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