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Balloon Festival Takes Flight in Readington

More than 100 hot air balloons, musical acts, and Patch are at airport grounds all weekend.

Solberg Airport in Readington was alive with thousands of guests —including Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno — more than 100 hot air balloons, vendors and internationally known musical acts Friday during the Quick Chek Festival of Ballooning. The event, celebrating its 30th year, will continue through Sunday.

Friday night's musical act was Eddie Money, with his hits from the '70s and '80s.

Saturday’s daytime concert is aimed at teens, while Saturday night welcomes Motown legend Smokey Robinson to the stage. Sunday’s teen concert stars R5 featuring Ross Lynch from the Disney Channel show Austin and Ally. Sunday’s final concert at 3 p.m. brings Poison's Bret Michaels to Readington.

There is plenty more to do than just listen to the music, though. There are rides, an arts and crafts, yoga and Zumba demonstrations, and food.

Patch will also be there. Patch will offer all attendees a chance to leave all your troubles behind and take a free tethered balloon ride. Just find our table at the festival and sign up for our email newsletter.

Check out the gallery above of Friday night's festivities.

n July 29, 2012 at 02:55 PM
I also noticed that a post, critical to the Balloon Fest were deleted by Patch. No comment is better than a bad comment.
JP July 29, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Seems strange they would delete it when we all have it in our email anyway and could easily re-post it. Maybe the promoters flagged it as inappropriate.
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RuralLiving April 30, 2013 at 07:29 PM
$30/adult for the event and $5 for parking is rather steep!! The Warren County Farmer's Fair has a hot air balloon fest every year and it is only about $7/adult and a few dollars for each child. Parking is free. It is usually around the first week of August and they launch balloons all week at 6:30 pm weather permitting. The Warren County Fairgrounds are a couple miles north of Phillipsburg, just off of NJ 519. www.warrencountyfarmersfair.org and www.balloonfestnj.com

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