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The Great Chesapeake Balloon & Wine Festival
Sponsored by Tri Gas & Oil
to benefit Talbot Paramedic Foundation

August 5-6, 2016

Triple Creek Winery, 11138 Three Bridge Branch Road

Featuring up to 15 Hot Air Balloons

We Welcome Carnival
It is not just another pretty face. Three faces grace this unique special shape balloon. It was born in Brazil and stands 85 feet tall.

>> ADMISSION AND PARKING for the event will be by $5 donation per carload for Friday and Saturday each. Follow the signs up Cordova road to parking. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

>> NEW This Year! - KIDS ZONE will include-
face painting, hay rides, rock climbing wall, large bounce house and slide and a petting zoo.

The Maryland National Guard continues with its mammoth display and offers an opportunity for you to stop by and learn more about their important contribution to our state and nation. We thank the Guard for providing the rock climbing wall for the "Kids Zone". Please visit them and thank them for their service!

>> PASSENGER FLIGHTS Enjoy a once in a lifetime experience in a hot air balloon flying over beautiful Talbot County. You need to be at pilot registration stand by 5:30 PM on Friday or 5:30 AM on Saturday. The fee for a balloon flight of 30-45 minutes is $225 per person. Cash payment of the full $225 will be made at flight time. More details will be coming soon.

>> BALLOON GLOW -- So what is a balloon glow?
The hot air balloon festival event now known as a balloon glow was invented in Albuquerque in 1979, when local pilots inflated balloons on Christmas Eve night as a thank you to local residents. The sight of balloons lit from within at night like giant holiday ornaments is breathtaking, and glow events are now held all over the world.

>> TETHERED BALLOON RIDES. A hot air balloon, tethered to the ground, will offer rides ($20 adults and $10 children under 12) up to 60 feet in the air. No advanced booking is required.

>> WALK-ABOUT BALLOON. A large balloon will be partially inflated on the ground. Children and adults will be able to venture into the center of this colorful balloon ($2 children and adults).

--- Sponsor a balloon
--- Sponsor a Tethered balloon
Persons or businesses interested in sponsorship may contact Talbot Paramedic Foundation President Wayne Dyott at 410-310-3921.

>> NEW This Year! - FOOD TRUCK RALLY - FOOD AND BEVERAGES will be available for sale during the event. Plenty of speciality items.

--- Vendors and Crafter opportunities are available
--- Display your crafts and products. Fee is $75.00 for crafters and $125 for corporate businesses.
--- Persons or businesses interested in becomming part of our festival may contact Nancy Broderick by emailing on GreatChesapeake@BallooningUSA.biz. Click here for Vendor Invitation and Registration

>> OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS: Our host hotels are the Comfort Inn and Holiday Inn Express on Rt 50 Easton 410-820-8333.

--- No outside coolers or drinks are allowed.
--- Dogs on a leash are permitted to attend also!!

Star Democrat Sunday Morning
Record Crowd at Great Chesapeake Balloon Festival

Thank you to everyone who sponsored and came out to support the Great Chesapeake Balloon Festival and the AQUA Glow to benefit the Talbot Paramedic Foundation!

Posted by AQUA Pools & Spas on Monday, August 3, 2015

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Delighted Passenger Comments:
I really enjoyed my flight. It was a unique experience and I'd definitely do it again!
I'm sure there are those who hesitate to fly for one reason or another. I'd like to reassure them on a few points:
You don't want to go alone: Well, once you step into that basket, you're not alone! There's your pilot and the other passengers. People get very chummy, sharing an experience like this.
Cost: Arguably, it's a pricey way to spend half an hour. But it's never going to get cheaper. If you've always wanted to fly, then find yourself a good pilot (like Ron), plunk down your money and just do it!
Motion sickness: I don't know if the experience is the same for everybody, but I didn't have the physical sensations I expected. My stomach did not lurch as we lifted off. I never felt like we were moving in a particular direction, or that I was traveling backwards (I hate sitting backwards on a train!). And I hardly even felt the landing. There was nothing to detract from the enjoyment of watching the scenery around and below. I felt as if I were standing on a balcony and everything else was shifting around me.
The experience was peaceful and natural, and I only wish it was longer! Thanks again, and I'll see you again!
Best regards,

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