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Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival

Wednesday, May 18th through Friday, May 20th

Wednesday, May 18th | 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Balloon Launch at 6:30 pm) 
Thursday, May 19th | 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Balloon Launches at 6:30 am & 6:30 pm)
Friday, May 20th | Balloon Launch at 6:30 am | Wounded Warrior Ceremony

Enjoy our annual Hot Air Balloon Festival, perfect for young children and those young at heart. There will be family activities, handmade crafts, retail and food vendors, and live entertainment. Balloon related activities will include tethered hot air balloon rides, a walk-through of an inflated hot air balloon, pilot demonstrations, balloon launches and the nightly Balloon Glow at dusk.

On Friday, May 20th, the Balloon Festival will culminate with the launching of the balloons at 6:30 am.

Admission to the Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival is free and open to the public. Balloon rides and flights will be fee-based. All public parking will be off-site at Howard County Fairgrounds. $10 per car, to be paid in cash upon arrival. Payment is a donation to the Elkridge Adult Athletic Association.

Call 410-465-1500 ext. 2874 for more information and event-day updates.

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