JUNE 15th, 16th, & 17th


Quechee Balloon Festival

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Balloon over bridge Vermont's Premier Balloon Festival, Fine Art, Music and Crafts Fair celebrating its 26th anniversary.

The highways, byways, hills and valleys of this small Vermont village, home of Quechee Gorge, Vermont's answer to the Grand Canyon, will fill with over 20 hot air balloons. The Festival's sponsor, the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce, will be rolling out a special red carpet on June 15, 16, and 17, 2011, as the Festival marks its 26th anniversary.

The success of this Festival is attributed to the Chamber's constant emphasis on producing a family-oriented event with something for everyone. The Father's Day Weekend date has become THE weekend for weddings, reunions, engagements, and birthday and anniversary celebrations.

Festival Admission for the weekend is just $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for ages 6 - 12, kids under age 6 are free.
Far more than a small gathering on the Village Green that it once was with a few balloons to a region-wide activity, it now draws Visitors from all over the United States.

Festival gates open at 3:00 p.m. on Friday. The first balloon flight (weather permitting) is scheduled around 6:00 p.m. with additional flights at 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Saturday; 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Sunday. This makes a great Holiday, Valentine, Birthday, or Anniversary gift. "One of the "say the balloon pilots.

From the moment the gates open to the last balloon flight, Festival goers will be entertained with music, song, smiles and laughter. During the weekend, you will hear R&B, Jump Swing and seventies hits, jazz, guitarists, songsters, vocalists, clowns, mimes, jugglers, puppeteers, unicycling, vaudeville acts, and dance.
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A major ingredient with true Vermont flavor is the craft show. Over fifty craft vendors will be in residence during the Festival with displays of jewelry, woodworking, stained glass, paintings and photography, quilters, specialty foods, clothing, ceramics, dried flowers and herbs and much more. The unique character of these crafters brings visitors who come every year to shop for Christmas gifts, home and office.

Following the old adage, "If the kids are happy, Mom and Dad are happy," with a myriad of inflatable amusements, everyone should have a FUNtastic time. Face painting, kite flying, children's games, and special entertainment venues-all make this a real Family Festival. There may be additional fees for some of the activities on the festival grounds. There is always lots of great Festival food including everything from fried dough to fresh fruit drinks, barbecues, country breakfasts, hot apple-cinnamon buns, ice cream, and cotton candy.We have also added a Beer and Wine Garden featuring both Vermont Beers and Wines.

Classic car buffs need to mark the calendar for Sunday. On display will be vehicles from the 20's - 70's. Visitors will have an opportunity to select the "People's Choice" award from the show autos. A great photo op! Other activities include the Quechee Library famous book sale and the weekend-long Green Mountain Volleyball Tournament.

The Festival is held on the Quechee Village Green, in the center of the village, just off Main Street.

Join us Friday, for the Balloon Ascension at 6:00 p.m. and the Balloon Glow spectacular that begins after dark.