Start: Thursday, June 3, 2021 2:00PM
End: Sunday, June 6, 2021 10:00PM
Warren County Community College, in Washington, NJ, is getting ready to launch the Warren County Hot Air Balloons, Arts and Crafts Festival on June 3 through June 6, 2021. Though this will be the first event of its kind at the College, this is not the first balloon festival held at the venue.
The gates open on Thursday, June 3 at 2pm. The event kicks off with singer, Dani Doll, who will play classic folk rock and country, from 2-5pm. Followed by DJ GOLDN Music and Movement, with a dance party from 6-9pm. On Friday from 2-5pm DJ Mitch will entertain the crowd, followed by local favorites, Bobby Clark Band, on Friday night from 6-9pm. On Saturday from 2-5pm S.C.3. Entertainment gets the crowd moving, followed by DJ John Harvey for a dance party from 6-9pm. DJ GOLDN returns for another dance party on Sunday from 2-5pm, followed by local favorites, Naked Jake Band, on Sunday night from 6-9pm. All entertainment is included in the admission price.
Thursday is Play Day at the festival with more free events! World-renowned artist, Ryan Paul Simmons, will be on site working with children on The Big Picture. Ryan will be helping them create a cooperative masterpiece to be auctioned off for our charities at a later date. Children are invited to join Ryan from 3-6pm. Keep in mind children will be handling paints, so make sure they are dressed for the potential mess.
Have Huey Will Travel will have their Bell Helicopter "Huey", a rare survivor of the Vietnam War, on display from 2 - 7:30pm. Children of all ages can get inside, pretend they are piloting, and learn the story of this historic aircraft. The aircraft has quite a history, as it began her service life with the U.S. Army in November of 1967. She served in Vietnam from October 1968 to August 1970 with the 119th AHC, and then again March 1971 until September 1971 with a gunship platoon the 174th AHC, that went by the name "Sharks".
This display is a special tribute to Fred Grotenhuis, the founder of the Hot Air Balloon Festival at the Warren County Farmers' Fair. Fred was a Huey helicopter pilot that served in Vietnam, and continues to be with us in spirit at the balloon festivals and farmers fair.
Proceeds from the event will support the Warren County Community College Foundation, as well as the Fred T. Grotenhuis Veterans Community Center project and the Fred Grotenhuis scholarships (fredgscholarships.org).
In addition there will be Arts and Crafts vendors and exhibitors, a variety of food trucks, and other children's activities from 2-9pm.
If you have never attended a hot air balloon festival before, here is what to expect. Balloons are normally on display in the evenings, prior to the scheduled launch time. One tether balloon will set up around 3pm for tethered rides. For $15 per person, take a short trip up and down for a nice view of the festivities from the air. The timing may change if the winds are not conducive to handling the balloon in a safe manner. To date, 20 balloons are schedule to attend, include the sponsor balloon of presenting sponsor, Alston Construction LLC, as well as sponsor Unity Bank and RE/MAX. Balloons are powered by AmeriGas. The event is also supported in part by a grant from the NJ Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism. (VisitNJ.org). We thank all of our sponsors and host for supporting our event, to provide our communities with a destination as the State begins to return to a more normal routine.
The Warren County Community College has plenty of lawn to spread out and social distance. Pets, food and alcoholic beverages are prohibited (with the exception of snacks and beverages for small children). Feel free to bring blankets, lawn chairs, small games like quoits and corn hole.
Visit www.balloonfestnj.com/more-festivals.html for pricing on admission, parking, tethered and full balloon flight, and for online tickets for admission and balloon rides. Organizers are currently seeking more artists and crafters that wish to participate. The application may also be found on the website.
On Thursday June 03, 2021 at 2:00 pm (ends Sunday June 06, 2021 at 10:00 pm)
Category: Live Music | Festivals
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