May 15-17, 2014
Up to 20 Hot Air Balloons - 3 Days - 4 Events
Crafters - Vendors - Local Entertainment
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.
Turf Valley in Ellicott City, Maryland brightens the skies again this year as the Centerpiece Venue for hosting the long running balloon festival. Spectators will enjoy the wonder of hot air balloons, specialty crafts, entertainment, and good food during this fun, family-friendly festival.
FREE ADMISSION to each event.
-->> A fee of $10.00 per car load will be asked for parking on Thursday and Friday afternoon at the Howard County Fairgrounds bus pick up point.
-->> Activities begin at 4PM and end at 9PM on Thursday and Friday. The only activity on Saturday will be a 6:30AM balloon launch. Park at Turf Valley on Saturday.
-->> This is a grand opportunity to pack the kids in the car and come out to enjoy the fun.
IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT PARKING|
For the afternoon/evening activities from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM:
SATELLITE PARKING for the public will be at the Howard County Fairgrounds.
Vehicle access into Turf Valley will be by parking pass and handicapped designated. The public is asked to park at the satellite parking site located at the Howard County Fair Grounds. A fee of $10.00 per car load will be asked for parking.
The Elkridge Adult Athletic Association will be coordinating the parking and collecting the parking fee which will in part support their community sponsored projects. Shuttle buses will be available starting at 3:30pm and will run throughout the evening. The last shuttle bus will depart Turf Valley at 10:30PM on Thursday and Friday.
For the 6:30 AM balloon launches on Friday and Saturday:
All parking will take place at Turf Valley. NO satellite parking will be available.
Festival Activities include:
>>Four mass ascensions of hot air balloons. Balloon rides are available for $220 a person for a 30-45 minute balloon flight - weather and proper wind direction are required for safe flight.
>>Balloon Glow on Thursday and Friday evenings.
>>Tethered Balloon Rides. Go up 60-80 feet for up to 2 minutes. Experience the thrill.
>>Walkabout Balloon for children and adults - fee $2
>>Craft and Food Vendors
Click on Schedule of Events at upper left for time schedule.
Do you want to be a sponsor? Envelope or basket banners are available. Call Nancy Broderick 410-442-5566. Place your advertising logo on one of our giant balloons. Increased promotional advertising of the event is our primary effort. Our annual morning media flight takes place on Thursday. In the past, three TV stations, The Examiner newspaper and WCBM radio took part. Each year our festival grows with more balloons and more spectators. See details and advertising opportunities
The Roaming Railroad will be 'roaming' the grounds providing fun rides for all.
IN THE NEWS 2013:
May 16, 2013~~ Media Flight: See
Ava Marie and WBAL-TV interview
May 16, 2013~~ The Baltimore Sun
Preakness Hot Air Balloon Morning flight by Jen Rynda
May 18, 2013~~ darkroom.Baltimoresun.com
Preakness Celebration Balloon Festival by Kim Hairston
2013 PHOTOS COURTESY OF Press/Spectators/Crew
John Soule Photos/story IPAIMPRESS.com
Kenny Adamsbaum photos
Past Festivals: VIDEOS COURTESY OF Turf Valley/Crew/Spectators
See balloons launching from Turf Valley and other festival activities presented by Will Howard- That Man About Town
Enjoy time lapse video of Friday evening flight courtesy of John B.
Baltimore Sun Darkroom shares Kim Hairston's photos.
Enjoy a time-lapse video of our Friday morning balloon flight courtesy of Kenny Adamsbaum.
Turf Valley thanks everyone for supporting our 2013 Festival.
PAST PREAKNESS BALLOON FESTIVALS-
The Examiner.com has a great summary review of our festivals over the past few years.
Take a Look
Turf Valley, 2700 Turf Valley Road, Ellicott City MD 21042
DIRECTIONS to Turf Valley:
---For afternoon activities, the general public may go to the Howard County Fairgrounds for parking and bussing to Turf Valley.
---For morning activities , come directly to Turf Valley.
-- Coming from Frederick east on Route 70 take Rt 40 exit, go about two miles, turn left onto Turf Valley Rd.
-- Coming from Baltimore Beltway 695, take Route 70 west, go about 12 miles, take Marriottsville Rd south to Rt 40, turn left, go to the next traffic light and turn left onto Turf Valley Rd.
For any questions, email or call 410-442-5566
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