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Preakness Celebration Balloon Festival
May 14-16, 2015


Saturday Morning Armed Forces Day Ceremony
photo courtesy of Betty Fowler


Thursday Afternoon Launch

Bob Lucido Team

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 enjoyed the wonder of hot air balloons, specialty crafts, entertainment, and good food during this fun, family-friendly festival.



Thursday morning media display
Horseshoe Casino and Preakness Balloon Festival - perfect together

Horseshoe Casino and Preakness Balloon Festival - perfect together


Cassidy takes Flight


Saturday Morning Reenactment of the Flag Raising at Iwo Jima by Boy Scout Troup 944

Crew/Spectator Photos Provided
Kenny Adamsbaum Photography


Horseshoe Casino- Baltimore and Preakness Balloon Festival


"Pea-Nut" The Flying Elephant.
Visit her facebook page and say thanks for participating.
Elephant Facts- Pea-Nut has big ears!



Verizon and Preakness Balloon Festival - perfect together




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

Pizza and Balloon Glow - perfect together


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












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! email.
>>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. No advance booking. Sponsored by Horseshoe Casino - Baltimore
>>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.


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



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



Turf Valley Balloon festival



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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 410-465-1500 extension 2874
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