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Honoring our Wounded Warriors
May 14-16, 2015
25 Hot Air Balloons - 3 Days - 4 Events
Crafters - Vendors - Local Entertainment

Bob Lucido Team

Our Wounded Warriors will be honored during the 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 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.




Puddy Cat and Yellow Bird will be acting up at Turf Valley!
Brought to you by John Cavin from Indialantic Florida.


DellaBear is returning again this year to bring love from Delaware and is one of the biggest bears in the world.



Sponsor Opportunities:
Do you want to be a sponsor in 2015? 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, two TV stations, The Baltimore Sun newspaper and WCBM radio took part. Each year our festival grows with more balloons and more spectators.
Read Sponsor opportunities:
->>> Envelope Banner Contract
->>> Basket Banner Contract




"Pea-Nut" The Flying Elephant will hang out with us again. Visit her facebook page and say thanks for participating. Facebook page.
Elephant Facts- Pea-Nut has big ears!





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. Saturday activities include:
-->> This is a grand opportunity to pack the kids in the car and come out to enjoy the fun.


Festival Activities include:
>>Four mass ascensions of hot air balloons. Balloon rides are available for $225 a person for a 30-45 minute balloon flight - weather and proper wind direction are required for safe flight. Book your flight NOW! Call Nancy on 410-442-5566.
>>Balloon Glow on Thursday and Friday evenings.
>>Tethered Balloon Rides. Go up 60-80 feet for up to 2 minutes. $20 for adults & $10 for Children ubder 12. Experience the thrill.
>>Walkabout Balloon for children and adults - fee $2
>>Craft and Food Vendors
>>Music Entertainment

Click on Schedule of Events at upper left for time schedule.

Festival Activities Information Hot Line -- call 410-465-1500 extension 2874


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




Turf Valley Balloon festival


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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