What is the Chester County Balloon Festival?
The Chester County Balloon Festival is a non-profit event with the proceeds going to the Chester County Hero Fund and several other local community groups. This hot air balloon festival is designed for families and kids of all ages featuring more than 20 balloons, including Special Shape Balloons. The Festival is located at New Garden Flying Field, 1235 Newark Road, Toughkenamon PA.
I bought tickets online, when will I receive them?
Your tickets will be emailed to you within one hour of purchase. Please PRINT THIS EMAIL and show it at the gate. Check your spam box just in case, sometimes your spam settings are set very high which can mark our emails as spam accidentally. IF YOU ARE MISSING THE EMAIL HAVE IT RESENT HERE http://ccballoonfest.com/ticket/resend-my-tickets.html
What does it cost to go to the Festival?
Admission to the Festival is $15 per adult, $10 per child 6-12. Children under 6 are free. Advanced adult tickets can be purchased at a discount on our website.
Attendees can purchase tickets for hot air balloon rides, tethered balloon rides, and helicopter rides for an additional fee. See ticket sales page for more details.
Multiple ATMs will be available onsite.
Are pets allowed at the festival?
NO pets are allowed at the Festival except Service Dogs (proper documentation required). This event attracts a large crowd which is not a good environment for pets.
Is there seating available at the Festival?
If you bring your own lawn chairs or blankets, we have plenty of space with the view to the balloon launches and glows. But be sure to wear comfortable shoes for walking on our uneven grass fields.
What about parking?
Parking at the festival is free, on all grass fields and there's lots of it. There will be an area designated for handicap parking on pavement. Be sure to leave plenty of time and COME EARLY so you don't miss the launch. Due to traffic, you will not be able to run in and catch the launch at the scheduled time.
Is the event wheelchair accessible?
Yes, the grouds are wheelchair accessible, although there are some small hills that you will need to be careful when navigating.
Can I bring food and/or cooler to the festival?
Per FAA rules you MAY NOT bring coolers onto airport property. No outside alcohol are permited either. We have many food and beverage vendors scheduled at the Festival so plan on visiting them for your sustenance. Outside food may be brought in, but not in coolers.
Where is the entertainment at the festival?
Front and center from every vantage point. Live music, balloons etc.
What is the best time to arrive at the festival?
Crowds are usually present for the balloon mass ascensions and the glows. Come early and stay for the fun, the launches, glows, fabulous entertainment, and activities. Gates open at 4pm on Friday, 2:00pm on Saturday, and 12pm on Sunday. Come early and stay for the fun, that way you can make sure of getting a good parking place and avoid the crowds. You need to plan to have your blanket/chairs in place by 7:00 on Friday and 4:30 on Saturday to ensure you do not miss any ballooning events.
Hints for Fun in the Sun
Folding chairs, blankets, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and comfortable shoes are musts for a fun summer festival experience. Pack a flashlight to navigate your way to the car after dark. NO COOLERS ALLOWED. NO OUTSIDE ALCHOHOL. NO PETS.
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. The safety of our pilots, passengers and the crowd is always first priority. All balloon event times are approximate (including tethered rides) and are subject to delay and/or cancellation due to weather conditions. Note.... it may seem nice on the ground but the pilots also have to monitor upper wind flows and conditions. Be assured, if they are delayed or cancelled, there is a good reason. We will be just as disappointed as you if that happens.
Can I take my child on a balloon ride?
The minimum height for children is 40 inches for both tethered and untethered balloon flights.
How high do balloons fly?
Most balloonists enjoy low level flight. The typical balloon flight would be anywhere from tree level to about 3,000 feet above the ground.
How long is a balloon flight?
Hot air balloon flights are about an hour, tethered rides are about 5 minutes.
Where can tickets be purchased?
Tickets can be purchased in advance online for general admission and some special events and balloon rides. All purchases are final except for festival cancellation. If your ride is cancelled it will be rescheduled at another time. Tickets can be purchased at the event with cash only, credit cards will not be accepted, but there will be an ATM available.
What happens if it is rained out?
Keep your fingers crossed for good weather. This is a not-for-profit event and the money from the ticket sales benefit local organizations and to cover festival expenses. We have scheduled many other activities and attractions in the event we have to cancel ballooning events. Therefore, all ticket sales are final, i.e. no refunds. The only exception would be total cancellation of the event. Please read cancellation policies before purchasing Special Event tickets or Rides. For updates in case of inclement weather check this website frequently.
How far is it from the parking lot to the Balloon Festival?
The distance to the Festival depends on attendance and how many cars are parked in the lot.
Are the concessions and vendor stands a long walk from the balloon launching area?
No, all the activities are close.
Where is the best place to view balloons?
The best place to view the balloon launches are In front of the runway and hangars.
Where do you catch the helicopter rides? Are they in the same vicinity as the balloons?
Helicopter and balloon rides will start on a runway spur. Rides will not be in operation when during the Balloon launches. The helicopter used can seat three passengers at a time. Each rider must sit in his/her own seat with a seat-belt fastened. No riders are permitted to sit on another's lap. There is no minimum or maximum age requirement however, children under 12 must be accompanied with parent or parent assigned responsible adult. Rides last 4-5 minutes, (depending on weather and load) Allow 7 -10 minutes with loading/unloading time.