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Preakness Celebration Balloon Festival
COMING--- May 19-21, 2016

Saturday Morning Armed Forces Day Ceremony - 2015
photo courtesy of Betty Fowler

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.

Claw'd The Crazy Crab and pilot Jim Regan will be flying over Howard County this year. Do not be afraid if it lands in your neighborhood. With or without Old Bay Seasoning, you will love this Crazy Crab.

We welcome Blaser SwissLube hot air balloon and pilot Rick Piendel.
So what is a SwissLube ????

We welcome our newest tether sponsor: APL Federal Credit Union.
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.

Sponsor Opportunities:
Do you want to be a sponsor in 2016? Envelope or basket banners are available. Click on sponsor links above then call Ron Broderick - 410-804-8999. 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, WBAL-TV and WBFF-TV provided live on-air interviews throughout the morning with our pilots and crew. Each year our festival grows with more balloons and more spectators.

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 Flight 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.

Read Passenger Guide
Book your flight NOW!.

>>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 under 12. Experience the thrill. No advance booking.
>>Walkabout Balloon for children and adults - fee $3.
>>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.

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

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 410-465-1500 extension 2874
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