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Join us for one amazing weekend! The Saratoga Balloon and Craft Festival at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds this weekend, June 16-18th. Over 20 hot air balloons with four liftoffs and the Best Balloon Glow in the U.S., over 100 artists and artisans displaying and selling their original works, 30 artisan specialty food producers, eight wineries, live entertainment & music, ongoing craft demonstrations, kids activities including face painting, airborne artwork, and games. Also, a treat for Dad with Father’s Day specials.

Don’t miss the spectacular launches of 20 – 25 colorful hot air balloons from the gorgeous landscape of the Saratoga County Fairgrounds.  The balloons will gently lift off among a sea of colors and sounds.  You’ll be able to walk among the balloons as they inflate, and ultimately float off into the sky.  During the evening launches, the special shaped balloons will be inflated (Piko, Kermie & Dingbat), while great music, food, and kid’s activities will be taking place. It’s a uniquely beautiful, family-friendly festival.

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!

The Specialty Food Building will showcase 30 artisan specialty food producers and their culinary creations ranging from homemade jams and jellies, wood smoke infused maple syrup, mustards, 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.

Eight wineries will be serving tastes from 80 of their wines including the well-known Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay as well as varietals that flourish here in NY like Cabernet Franc, Catawba, Riesling, Seyval and Vidal Blanc, and world class Ice Wines. All wines are available for purchase by the bottle or the case to take home.

Stewarts Kids Zone! Face Painting, Stewart’s Ice Cream Color Pages, Walkabout Balloon, Art Takes Flight, Pony Rides & Petting Zoo, Games, Inflatables, Magic Show and much more! The kids zone has 90% of their activities under a pavilion so you won’t have to worry about the little ones, getting too much sun. However, we still recommend sunscreen!

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! In addition to the balloons, there will be non-stop, family-friendly entertainment! We will have musical entertainment starting at 3pm Friday & Noon on Saturday & Sunday and it continues thru our balloon launches!

Father’s Day Special! All fathers accompanied by at least one child will be served a complimentary lunch at the Balloon and Craft Festival. The menu will feature a pulled pork barbeque sandwich cooked by Chef Ron Manna of the Brickyard Tavern in Ballston Spa. Each dad will also be entitled to a pint of craft beer (*Must be 21 or older and have ID) or a non-alcoholic beverage if desired. Vouchers for lunch and beverages will be distributed at the entry gate. Additionally, all dads will receive a $5 discount on a tethered balloon ride, $20 instead of $25.

For more information, go online to www,balloonandcraft.com.

SCHEDULE:

Friday, June 16th

3pm – 8pm: Art and Craft Tents Open
3pm – 8pm: Specialty Food and Beverage Tent Open
3pm – 8pm: Stewart’s Children’s Zone
3pm – 8pm: Tethered Balloon Rides
4pm – dusk: Helicopter Rides
3pm: The Outcrops!
4pm – 9pm: Stewart’s Shop Ice Cream being served!
5pm: Murph “The Physical” Comedian
5:00pm: Sean “The Prankster” Magician
6pm: The Outcrops!
6pm – 6:30pm: Balloon Inflation/Ride/Launch
7:00pm: Sean “The Prankster” Magician
7pm: Murph “The Physical” Comedian
8pm – 8:30pm: Balloon Glow (starts at dusk) *Rain Date: Saturday, June 17th


Saturday, June 17th

5:30am – 7am: Balloon Ride Tent
5:30am – 7am: Breakfast
5:30am – 6:30am: Balloon Inflation/Ride/Launch
10am – ?: The World Series of Wiffle Ball Tournament
10am – 8pm: Art and Craft Tents Open
10am – 8pm: Specialty Food and Beverage Tent Open
10am – 8pm: Balloon Ride Tent Open
10am – 8pm: Stewart’s Children’s Zone
11am: Sean “The Prankster” Magician
11am: Jersey Disc Devils
12pm: Spencer Lewis
12pm: Murph “The Physical” Comedian
12pm – 2pm: Tethered Balloon Rides & Walkabout Balloon
12pm – 4pm: Stewart’s Shop Ice Cream being served!
12pm – 4pm: Helicopter Rides
2pm: Sean “The Prankster” Magician
2pm: Spencer Lewis
2pm: Jersey Disc Devils
3pm: Murph “The Physical” Comedian
4pm: Jersey Disc Devils
4pm – 6pm: Tethered Balloon Rides & Walkabout Balloon
5pm: Murph “The Physical” Comedian
5pm: Sean “The Prankster” Magician
6pm – 6:30pm: Balloon Inflation/Ride/Launch
7pm: Sean “The Prankster” Magician


Sunday, June 18th “Father’s Day Special”

5:30am – 7am: Balloon Ride Tent
5:30am – 7am: Breakfast
5:30am – 6:30am: Balloon Inflation/Ride/Launch
10am – 4pm: Father’s Day Special
10am – 4pm: Art and Craft Tents Open
10am – 4pm: Specialty Food and Beverage Tent Open
10am – 12pm: Tethered Balloon Rides
10am – 4pm: Stewart’s Children’s Zone
11am: Sean “The Prankster” Magician
12pm: Bucky O’Hare
1pm: Murph “The Physical” Comedian
2pm: Bucky O’Hare
2pm: Sean “The Prankster” Magician
12pm – 3pm: Helicopter Rides
12pm – 4pm: Stewart’s Shop Ice Cream being served! $0.50 cents/cone for Dad’s!

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