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The Saratoga Balloon & Craft Festival will take place June 17-19, 2016 at the Saratoga Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa. Fun for the whole family with Balloon Launches & rides, Balloon Glow, arts & crafts, live entertainment, Stewart’s Kid Zone activities and handcrafted food and beer.

Enjoy live, family friendly, entertainment every day! Bring a blanket or chair and relax on lawn while listening to great tunes as hot air balloons float over you! The Saratoga Fairgrounds is a great spot to host non-stop entertainment! There are plenty of covered areas to keep you and your family cool and in the shade during the hot summer days!

Come and watch as they launch over 20 balloons, including their shaped balloons Piko, Frog & Clown! Balloon launches are Friday 6pm, Saturday 6am & 6pm & Sunday 6am. Gates for morning launches will open at 5:30am. Balloons do not launch or inflate during the day. However, weather permitted, they will have a tethered balloon & walk about balloon onsite for your enjoyment!

Imagine yourself in the wicker basket of a hot air balloon, gently lifting off from the Saratoga Fairgrounds. Slowly, the crowds, the buildings and the fields quietly fade beneath you, with fellow balloons rising and gliding with you through the blue skies of New York, giving you a view of the countryside and memories for the rest of your life. The whole experience last roughly 3 hours, with the flight lasting approximately 1 hour depending on the conditions. Some restrictions apply.

Balloon Glow—Don’t miss this incredible night!  The balloon glow has been described as “amazing” and “the best balloon glow in the U.S.” A balloon glow is a gathering of hot air balloons that inflate at night.  When the burners are ignited, the balloons come to life with brightly glowing colors and the roar of the burners.  For Friday night only, 15 hot air balloons will be placed throughout the Saratoga Fairground’s gorgeous landscape. It’s a spectacular display of color and sound within the magical nighttime ambiance of the Saratoga Fair Grounds. Don’t miss this magical event! Balloon Glow included with admission. Rain date: Saturday, June 18th

In addition to the balloons, there will be non-stop, family friendly entertainment! They will have musical entertainment starting at Noon every day and it continue through the balloon launches! There will also be the Stewart’s Kid Zone with face painting, Walkabout Balloon, pony rides, petting zoo, inflatables and so much more. The kids zone has 90% of their activities under a pavilion. Stewart’s Shops will be serving your favorite flavors of ice cream on Friday from 5pm – 9pm!

Also, dozens of carefully chosen Artists and Craftspeople will display and sell their own handmade products. Besides shopping for creative goods, many of the Exhibitors will demonstrate their techniques too! Media represented includes: Pottery, Graphics, Glass, Fine Art, Sculpture, Jewelry, Metal, Leather, Fiber, Wood, Specialty Food, and More!

Feast on a wonderful assortment of handcrafted food and beer! They will showcase 30 artisan specialty food producers and their culinary creations ranging from homemade jams and jellies, wood smoke infused maple syrup, mustard’s, hot sauces, roasted nuts, artisan coffee, salad dressings, barbeque sauce, olive oils, flavored vinegars, gourmet finishing sauces, cheeses, and more. All these delicious products are for sale.

For more information go to balloonandcraft.com.


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