13th Annual Chester County Balloon Festival
June 21st, 22nd, 23rd 2019

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. Benefiting Chester County Hero Fund

  • 100+ Vendors
  • Live Bands
  • Balloons & Glows
  • Kid Activities
  • Fireworks

Special Personalties

CEO and Family Man Ken Cage to join us at Chester County Balloon Festival

Ken Cage is IRG's president and co-owner. He has completed over 2,000 repossessions of all asset types including: boats, airplanes, construction equipment, trucks, buses, RV's and even racehorses.

His repossessions have exceeded $400,000,000 and have been completed in 44 states and over a dozen countries. Needless to say, banks love Ken. Not only does IRG secure the unpaid for assets, they also remarket them. This means IRG turns these repossessed assets into cash for the bank. "That's money that can be loaned again," says Cage, "so, in a way, I'm giving money back to the people."

  • President and co-owner of International Recovery Group
  • Has completed over 2,600 repossessions
  • "The Family Man", Married, Father of 4

As the owner of IRG, minding safety and the law is a huge concern for Cage. "It isn't like the old days, people just running around, picking locks...everything has to be done by the book." When you watch Airplane Repo, you will notice that Cage has an unmatched knowledge of the repossession laws and that he follows them consistently. That said, Cage has had his share of close calls. Unhappy debtors have tried to run him over with Cadillacs, chased him in boats, pointed guns at his stomach and swung shovels at his head.

Being the boss of a large team comes with its share of stress. Along with his family, Ken has 5 employees and many contractors who depend upon him for a living. While many companies have tried to enter the airplane repossession business, most have exited as quickly as they have entered. IRG has averaged 200 repossessions per year, giving them an unrivaled caseload. Despite the incredible number of cases, IRG still boasts a 96% recovery rate over that time while the industry average is 65%.

Ken is equally as proud of his work as a husband, dad of 4 and coach to hundreds of kids. He has coached youth baseball, basketball and soccer for over 30 years and currently serves on the administrative board of his local baseball league. Developing the kids and seeing them enjoy playing the games is what drives him.

Ken Cage
President of Operations
International Recovery Group
Star of "Airplane Repo" on Discovery Channel


Kevin Pierce to sing the Star Spangled Banner

Kevin Pierce to sing the Star Spangled BannerKevin Pierce is a retired Lieutenant from the Pennsylvania State Police, currently serving as the Chief of Police of South Coatesville. In addition to his law enforcement career, Kevin has been singing professionally for over 30 years and has sung at countless special events and ceremonies, including Gubernatorial Inaugurations and for US Presidents and Vice Presidents. He has also performed the National Anthem for national sporting events such as the Little League World Series and for NASCAR's Pennysvania 500 and Pocono 500 at the Pocono Raceway. Having sung at numerous local events for Chester County, including the annual Downingtown Memorial Day Parade, the Brandywine Health Foundation Strawberry Festival and the Kennett Square News Years Celebration, Kevin has been referred to as the "Voice of Chester County".

Kevin and his wife Debbie own and operate five Rita's Italian Ice store locations and two mobile units and have participated in Chester County Balloon Festival for the past five years. Don't forge to visit one of their Rita's trucks hear at the festival"

Pilot To Speak On Ballooning

Blair bead – an educator for 42 years, aeronaut (balloon pilot) for almost 39 years and experimental balloon builder will use “power point” for a presentation on ballooning. Besides a brief history of both gas and hot air balloons; we’ll take a vertual flight in a hot air blloon and talk about how balloons fly. The presentations are geared for all ages. Please concult scheduling information for the location and exact time for each presentation.