Honoring our Wounded Warriors
May 14-16, 2015
25 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.
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. See 2014 sponsorship examples- Call now for early bird specials -- details and advertising opportunities.
Results of 2014 Festival:
May 17, 2014 -- In Celebration of Armed Forces Day, Turf Valley presented a very special ceremony honoring our wounded warriors. As 13 hot air balloons stood tall against a crystal blue morning sky, a presentation of colors was conducted. Participating were:
Boy Scout Troup 944,
Our National Guard,
The Howard County Fire Rescue and Police Honor Guard.
The ceremony was coordinated by Howard County Fire Chief Sanchez. Howard County Chaplain Stone gave a prayer and blessing of the balloons. Following the playing of our National Anthem, the National Guard presented a bouquet of flowers to each wounded warrior/veteran as they stood in separate balloons. Each guest was then introduced:
Robert Lake and his wife Felicia
Jeremy and Katarina Crenshaw
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We are delighted to report that a very special hot air balloon participated in our festival to celebrate Armed Forces Day on Saturday. May 17, 2014. It is the "Eddie & Rickenbacker" hot air balloon piloted by Andy Cayton. To learn about the Balloon and Pilot click here.
Many Thanks to Bob Lucido for sponsoring this Celebration.
After walking down the aisle at Turf Valley's beautiful wedding venue, this bridal party had to do a walk about in our balloon.
IN THE NEWS 2014:
May 15, 2014 WBAL-TV -- Ava Marie reports live during misty morning media flight. See Video
May 6, 2014 The Baltimore Sun On line story
"Pea-Nut" The Flying Elephant hung out with us and delighted everyone. 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.
Family Fun Cars:
New to America-- gas powered engines - large 80 foot enclosed area in which to drive around. Kids will love it!!
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. 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. $15 for adults & $10 for Children ubder 12. 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.
Festival Activities Information Hot Line -- call 410-465-1500 extension 2874
The Roaming Railroad will be 'roaming' the grounds providing fun rides for all.
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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