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CHESAPEAKE BAY
BALLOON AND WINE FESTIVAL

(previously The Great Chesapeake Balloon & Wine Festival)

August 4-5, 2017
Friday Noon - 9pm
Saturday Noon - 9pm
++Sunday Morning mass balloon ascension - 6am

Festival Location:Triple Creek Winery
11138 Three Bridge Branch Road, CORDOVA MARYLAND

Featuring 18 Hot Air Balloons

ADMISSION and PARKING FEES MAY BE PAID IN ADVANCE and ON-LINE
YOU MUST ORDER A PARKING PASS WITH YOUR ADMISSION TICKET.
TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR FRIDAY & SATURDAY
PICK EITHER ON-SITE & OFF-SITE PARKING
All profit from parking passes goes to the Talbot Paramedic Foundation
Click here TO ORDER TICKETS AND SEE MORE DETAILS ABOUT OUR FESTIVAL.




FESTIVAL UPDATES:

NEW- Junior Balloonist Camp: Kids ages from 12- 18 can participate in a hands on demonstration of "HOW BALLOONS WORK". Scheduled from 1-2:30PM Friday and Saturday. Lead pilot instructor will be Matt Hodgdon from Mt Airy MD. This is a Free Demonstration.
Details are coming but go ahead and register now!

Camping? Check out Holiday Inn Park in Greensboro.

While NO DOGS are allowed on festival grounds, "Butt Dragger" the CAT will rule your affection!




NEW addition to our Festival: The Roaming Railroad will be 'roaming' the grounds providing fun rides for adults and kids - $3.00 tickets.



>> PASSENGER FLIGHTS Enjoy a once in a lifetime experience in a hot air balloon flying over beautiful Talbot County. See Passenger link above.

>> BALLOON GLOW -- So what is a balloon glow?
The hot air balloon festival event now known as a balloon glow was invented in Albuquerque in 1979, when local pilots inflated balloons on Christmas Eve night as a thank you to local residents. The sight of balloons lit from within at night like giant holiday ornaments is breathtaking, and glow events are now held all over the world.

>> TETHERED BALLOON RIDES. A hot air balloon, tethered to the ground, will offer rides ($20 adults and $10 children under 12) up to 60 feet in the air. No advanced booking is required.

>> WALK-ABOUT BALLOON. A large balloon will be partially inflated on the ground. Children and adults will be able to venture into the center of this colorful balloon ($3 children and adults).

>> SPONSORSHIPS:
--- Sponsor a balloon
--- Sponsor a Tethered balloon
Persons or businesses interested in sponsorship may contact Nancy on 410-442-5566.

>> VENDORS & CRAFTERS:
--- Vendors and Crafter opportunities are available
--- Persons or businesses interested in becomming part of our festival may contact Nancy Broderick by emailing Nancy@Ballooningusa.com.

>> OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS: Our host hotels are the Quality Inn and Holiday Inn Express on Rt 50 Easton 410-820-8333.

>> GENERAL GUIDELINES:
--- No outside coolers or drinks are allowed.




Spectator Photos/Videos: 2016


-- Hot Air video --Doug Phillips on Vimeo.
-- Curt Brandt Photography sharing over 1100 photos/videos
-- Betty Horne Fowler Beautiful Photos
-- Video courtesy of Tony Stapelton
-- Video courtesy of Tina Thompson
-- Video courtesy of A Yaniuk



2016 Photos

Thank you to everyone who sponsored and came out to support the Great Chesapeake Balloon Festival and the AQUA Glow to benefit the Talbot Paramedic Foundation!

Posted by AQUA Pools & Spas on Monday, August 3, 2015




Spectator Photos: 2015
Curt Brandt Photography Curt has over 700 photos to share. Take a few moments and enjoy these wonderful photos.


Delighted Passenger Comments 2015:
I really enjoyed my flight. It was a unique experience and I'd definitely do it again!
I'm sure there are those who hesitate to fly for one reason or another. I'd like to reassure them on a few points:
You don't want to go alone: Well, once you step into that basket, you're not alone! There's your pilot and the other passengers. People get very chummy, sharing an experience like this.
Cost: Arguably, it's a pricey way to spend half an hour. But it's never going to get cheaper. If you've always wanted to fly, then find yourself a good pilot (like Ron), plunk down your money and just do it!
Motion sickness: I don't know if the experience is the same for everybody, but I didn't have the physical sensations I expected. My stomach did not lurch as we lifted off. I never felt like we were moving in a particular direction, or that I was traveling backwards (I hate sitting backwards on a train!). And I hardly even felt the landing. There was nothing to detract from the enjoyment of watching the scenery around and below. I felt as if I were standing on a balcony and everything else was shifting around me.
The experience was peaceful and natural, and I only wish it was longer! Thanks again, and I'll see you again!
Best regards,
Barbara

More fantastic photos coming. Email us your photos.
See results from our 2014 Festival

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Lead photo courtesy of Craig Wagerle


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