The crowd at Solberg Airport in Readington Township at 6:30 AM, Saturday, July 30th, already was big and eyeing the hot air balloons beginning to inflate on the country field and hillside. The AT&T hot air balloon was to be the first balloon up, and it would be followed by dozens of the over 100 hot air balloons, in varied sizes, shapes, and colors, participating in the 29th annual Quick Check New Jersey Festival of Ballooning. The crowd eagerly awaited a sunlit, “mass ascension” of glorious balloons, one of many thrilling events scheduled for the July 29-31, 2011 NJ Balloon Festival.
The annual Quick Check New Jersey Festival of Ballooning is a major state, regional, and national attraction. It holds the dual distinction of The New Jersey Governor’s Award for Best Special Event as well as the American Bus Association’s designation as one of the Top 100 Festivals in North America. Weather permitting, at 6:30 AM and at 6:30 PM each day, there are mass ascensions of hot air balloons.
Experience the mass ascension through a slideshow
The attached slideshow offers a pictorial view of the 2011 New Jersey Festival of Ballooning’s thrilling, Saturday morning, mass ascension of hot air balloons. The images let you share in the experience of watching a mass of colorful hot air balloons rise over the New Jersey countryside.
And, if the images make your spirits rise, you might want to take a balloon ride yourself! Tethered balloon rides are available at the NJ Festival of Ballooning. With prior arrangements, full balloon rides can be scheduled.
A full day of family entertainment
In addition to the mass ascension of hot air balloons and more, scheduled balloon events, there’s the Red Bull Air Force Skydive and Wingsuit events, Cannon Lady Jennifer Smith along with Sunday’s Running with the Balloons 5K race and dawn yoga and fitness exhibitions. In the evenings, there’s fireworks, a balloon glow, and concert music. On both weekend dates, along the main runway and in the surrounding fields of Solberg Airport, there’s non-stop family entertainment with tents of crafters and vendors, food, raffles, shows, tethered balloon rides, and amusement rides.
Schedule and directions
A full schedule of events for each weekend day and ticket information are online. Specific directions and a festival map are available. Onsite parking will be offered for $5 at Solberg Airport, 39 Thor Solberg Road in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. Additionally, from noon on Saturday and Sunday, the festival runs a free shuttle bus from nearby Raritan Valley Community College located at 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ.