The Chester County Balloon Festival is the must attend event at New Garden Flying Field in Toughkenamon PA. Filled with activities on–the-ground and in-the-air, the festival provides family fun for all ages.
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Celebrating our 11th year, the Chester County Balloon Festival is a must attend event providing family fun for all ages. Experience Chester County and the unique and historic Del Val Region from the ground up! The Chester County Balloon Festival is a non-profit organization with portions of the proceeds going to the Chester County Hero Fund and other local youth community groups.
The popularity of the Chester County Balloon Festival has experienced incredible growth the past few years. We will be returning to our new home at New Garden Flying Field in Toughkenamon, PA on June 23rd, 24th, 25th, 2017. The airport is located at 1235 Newark Road just off Highway 1, allowing visitors from all over Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and New York convenient access.
The expanded 3-day (Friday-Sunday) schedule highlights over 20+ hot air balloon taking flight twice per day, balloon glow featuring Special Shaped Balloon Rodeo, untethered and tethered balloon rides, and a walk-thru balloon. For a complete schedule of events, see the Festival Information page.
The ever popular Saturday Night Fireworks are back! Historically this is a crowd pleaser and we are very excited to have them back!
Hot air ballooning is the world's oldest form of aviation and air travel. In 1783, the Montgolfier brothers of Annonay, France, made the first successful balloon flight in a balloon filled with smoke from a straw-fed fire. Today, 225 years later, ballooning has become a recreational and competitive sport.The Balloonist's Prayer
May the winds welcome you with softness. May the sun bless you with his warm hands. May you fly so high and so well that God joins you in laughter and sets you gently back into the loving arms of Mother Earth.Why do flights take place only in the morning and the late afternoon?
Balloons need stable winds to operate effectively and the hours just following sunrise and approximately 2 hours before sunset are the best for finding these winds. Since balloons move with the air, the weather is very important in deciding to whether or not to fly. The pilot chooses a launch site to use the wind currents to fly towards a suitable landing site.How is the balloon inflated?
When the time comes to put the balloon up, the envelope is removed from the bag and laid out in a long line. The burners are attached to the uprights, and the basket is attached to the cables on the bottom of the envelope. An engine driven fan is used to inflate the envelope with cold air. When partially inflated, the air is heated by a burner and the envelope rises above the basket. With further heating, there is sufficient 'lift' for the balloon to fly.