The Bob Lucido tether balloon on display for the record number of spectators in 2016
Youtube tease for 2016 festival
COMING to the Howard County Fairgrounds
May 18-20, 2017
Presented by WCBM Radio
The Long Running Preakness Celebration Balloon Festival is one of many events planned during the week-long series of special events celebrating the annual running of the Preakness Stakes, Baltimore's "Super Bowl" and the 2nd jewel in thoroughbred racing's prestigious Triple Crown. The Hot Air Balloon Festival has a long and colorful tradition going back 40 years.
The Howard County Fairgrounds in Howard County, Maryland will brighten the skies this year as the Centerpiece Venue for the long running balloon festival. Spectators will enjoy the wonder of hot air balloons, specialty crafts, entertainment, and good food during this family-friendly festival.
Plans for 2017 are underway...and will be available soon
Go to our Facebook event page
and tell us if you are interested in going then share it with your friends.
We welcome Blaser SwissLube hot air balloon and pilot Rick Piendel.
So what is a SwissLube ????
APL Federal Credit Union was our newest sponsor.
You Can Join If You Live, Work or Attend School in Howard County, MD.
Stop by our booth during the festival and learn more about our services.
Returning again -- the Roaming Railroad will be 'roaming' the grounds providing fun rides for all.
If a picture says a 1000 words, then see
--- 2016 in Pictures
--- 2015 in Pictures
For any questions, email
or call 410-442-5566
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