Maryland Preakness Celebration Balloon Festival at Turf Valley Howard County Maryland




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"Balloon Festival moving to the HOWARD COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS in 2017"

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Our 2016 Festival was a Huge Success and with it came traffic and parking delays for many. The public turnout was five times greater than last year. And 30 buses operating as fast as they could were unable to keep up with the movement of people. We were caught short! For this we apologize. The solution for planning 2017 is to move the festival to the Howard County Fairgrounds in Maryland.

On behalf of the balloon pilots, who have flown at Turf Valley over the past many years, we express our sincere appreciation for Turf Valley's hospitality and dedication in making this a premier venue for hot air ballooning on the East Coast.

Stay tuned to our website and facebook page for information on new location in 2017.

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The Bob Lucido tether balloon on display for the record number of spectators in 2016

Bob Lucido Team

Youtube tease for 2016 festival
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 brightened the skies again this year as the Centerpiece Venue for hosting the long running balloon festival. Spectators enjoyed the wonder of hot air balloons, specialty crafts, entertainment, and good food during this fun, family-friendly festival.




Claw'd The Crazy Crab and pilot Jim Regan excited our audiences. With or without Old Bay Seasoning, you will love this Crazy Crab.


American Heroes Celebration
On Friday evening, we hosted the American Heroes Celebration. Wounded Veterans were invited as our guest. The Wounded Veteran and family were invited into our VIP tent to chow down in a special reception with delicious food and drink from 6pm to 8:30 pm. Please read details of activities.



We welcomed 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.










Plans for 2017 are underway...and will be available soon



Returning again -- the Roaming Railroad will be 'roaming' the grounds providing fun rides for all.

If a picture says a 1000 words--- 2015 in PICTURES



We are pleased to announce that we are the winner of the cover photo contest for the 2015-2016 Howard County Chamber of Commerce Business Directory & Buyers Guide



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