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Hot Air Balloon Festival
Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival
May 16 & 17, 2013, 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm Balloon Festival
May 16 & 17, 2013, 6:30 pm Balloon Launch
May 17 & 18, 2013, 6:30 am Balloon Launch
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 Saturday, May 18th, 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. All parking is at the Howard County Fairgrounds, with a donation of $5 per car. Donations benefit the Elkridge Adult Athletic Association. Balloon rides and flights will be fee-based. Please call Ron Broderick, Balloonmeister, at 410-442-5566, to schedule your balloon flight!
For more information and Event-Day updates, call our Special Events Hotline at 410-465-1500 x2874.
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Thanks to our 2012 vendors and sponsors for a fantastic event!
College Savings Plans of Maryland
Cookie Lee Jewelry
Country Pride Food Service
Eaglet 2000 Creations - 240.461.5243
Education First EHP
ING - 703.677.9321
Living Wellness Chiropractic
Mountain Tees-N-More: Water Wars - 609.579.1779
Nonni's Pies & Tarts
Old Texas Soda Company - 917.863.2053
The Peppermint Pony
River & Trail Outfitters: Rock Climbing Wall
Roaming Railroad, LLC
Wild & Crazy Entertainment
The Bob Lucido Team RE/MAX Advantage
Howard County Tourism & Promotion
Basket Banner Sponsors
Clark's Ace Hardware
The Baltimore Sun Media Group
Blossoms of Hope
Chapelgate Christian Academy
Donut Shack - 410.544.0278
Encore at Turf Valley
Eyre Bus Service
Howard Community College
Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD
Witzke Funeral Homes, Inc.