For Immediate Release
Event Date: March 28-30, 2014
New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest Bigger and Better Than
Ever, March 28-30
New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest 2014 again will feature
world-class air shows with Aeroshell T-6 planes circling overhead to lead into
the nighttime events. In addition to evening balloon glows, as many as 20
hot-air balloons will carry passengers aloft.
New Smyrna Beach, Florida (March 10, 2014) -
The sixth annual
New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest,
March 28-30 at the New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport, will be bigger, better,
more exciting, and feature more to do and enjoy than ever before. It’s two
nights and two days of all the family fun anyone can handle.
DAY AND NIGHT AIR SHOWS – Once again, there will be exhilarating air shows
Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 and Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 1:00.
These shows will feature the top air show acts in the country:
• The four-ship Aeroshell
Aerobatic team in day and night precision flying performances.
• Patty Wagstaff twisting
and tumbling in her racy Extra 300 and executing an inverted ribbon cut.
• Gene Soucy in the
powerful ShowCat, with Teresa Stokes walking the wing.
• Paul Stender behind the
wheel of the world’s only 300 MPH jet-powered school bus.
• Jim “Fang” Maroney
spiraling and corkscrewing through the air and finishing by standing out on the
• Paul Schulten in his
Christen Eagle, twirling and zigzagging in the sky almost faster than the eye
• Roger Buis and his
fun-loving helicopter OTTO, doing things in the air no one thought a ‘copter
Jimmy Fordham roaring through the sky in his vintage T-6 warbird.
• Mark Henley and Jeff
Michael in separate performances in crowd-pleasing P-51 Mustangs.
• Parachute jumps by the
Skybolts Precision Demonstration Team, including an American Flag jump.
HOT-AIR BALLOONS – A small gathering of balloons is what got this whole thing
started in 2009. Now, five years later, there will be dozens of balloons, with
dazzling balloon glows Friday and Saturday evenings and balloon flights at dawn
Saturday and Sunday. Nothing makes people smile more than a bevy of beautiful
VETERANS – Veterans are very special guests at Balloon & Sky Fest. They are
admitted free of charge all weekend long, and are welcomed and honored by
volunteers. Plus, there will be special veterans’ recognition ceremonies during
the afternoon air shows in which five veterans each day are presented with
plaques. And this year there will be a traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall on
display all weekend.
THE BALLOON EXPERIENCE – This is where young and old alike will learn everything
they ever wanted to know about ballooning – and a little bit more. Watch, touch,
feel, hear – and talk to a licensed balloonist.
SOUNDS OF SKY FEST – Country, Bluegrass, Reggae, Rock ‘n’ Roll – you name it.
How about going to a Balloon & Sky Fest and having a top-notch music festival
break out? Well, that’s what will be happening at the main stage. Featured acts
include Florida’s favorite Country Cracker – Patrick Gibson; CrashRocket; J.T.
Curtis and the Silver Eagle Band, a special appearance by Dwayne O’Brien
(founder of Little Texas), and more.
VIP FLIGHTLINE TENT – The VIP Flightline Tent is open during all air shows. This
exclusive venue offers catered lunches all afternoon, evening snacks, free
Premium Craft Beers and wine, and comfortable air show seating. Tickets may be
purchased online at
INSPIRATION VILLAGE – This is the place where kids and their parents learn
something without even realizing it. Inspiration Village is a unique venue that
will feature everything from radio-controlled aircraft and a NASA exhibit to a
real helicopter, a robotics competition, an interactive Laser Zone console and
ANIMAL ENCOUNTER – Among the most popular attractions at Balloon & Sky Fest are
the horseback demonstrations held several times each day. This year’s
performances by The Horse Force will have a patriotic theme. And there will be
farm animals on display as well as appearances by Gus The Kissing Camel.
RIDES – Rides will be available for purchase aboard a three-seat Enstrom
helicopter, two Vietnam-era Huey helicopters, a Cobra attack helicopter, two
Cessna 172 airplanes, a vintage biplane, and a WWII-era AT-6 trainer.
DISPLAY AIRCRAFT – You’ll get to see a beautifully restored DC-3 that flies on
international mission trips, several vintage warbirds such as a TBM Avenger, T-6
trainers, two P-51 Mustangs, a beautiful bent-wing Corsair, and a T-28. There
will be modern aircraft on display as well – plus a plane that helps deliver all
those FedEx packages.
VENDORS – Dozens of food vendors, scores of arts and crafts vendors, and
exhibits by local businesses will make Vendor Row a must stop for any visitor
who is looking for any kind of food, feels like shopping for fabulous arts and
crafts, or wants to see the latest from local businessmen. Vendor Row has
everything you could want. So eat, shop, look, and listen.
CARNIVAL – Young, old, middle-aged, teenager – it doesn’t matter. The carnival
has something for everyone. It’s great during the day, and even better at night.
Step up, climb on, sit down, and enjoy the ride. Ride tickets will be available
HOURS – Balloon & Sky Fest will be open to the public during the following
• 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Friday, March 28th
• 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Saturday, March 29th
• 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday, March 30th
Admission is $10 per day for adults. Attendees are allowed unlimited free exit
and re-entry each day. Children under 12 get in FREE, and so do all veterans
Balloon & Sky Fest is held at the New Smyrna Beach Airport, which is located off
U.S. 1 just north of beautiful New Smyrna Beach, Florida. There is plenty of
For more information, visit
Aeroshell Aerobatic Team at night
Gene Soucy and Teresa Stokes
Horseback performances are very popular
Kids enjoy the carnival
Media Visits: Complimentary media visits for journalists
on assignment or with approved credentials. If you are unable to accept a
courtesy visit, a press rate can be negotiated.
Balloon & Sky Fest Foundation Inc.
1982 State Road 44 Suite 324, New Smyrna Beach, Florida,
New Smyrna Beach 2014 Balloon & Sky Fest Bigger
and Better Than Ever, March 28-30
New Smyrna Beach, Florida -
The sixth annual
New Smyrna Beach Balloon
& Sky Fest, March 28-30 at the New Smyrna Beach Municipal
Airport, will be bigger, better, more exciting, and feature more to
do and enjoy than ever before. It’s two nights and two days of all
the family fun anyone can handle. New Smyrna Beach
Balloon & Sky Fest 2014 again will feature world-class air shows
with Aeroshell T-6 planes circling overhead to lead into the
nighttime events. In addition to evening balloon glows, as many as
20 hot-air balloons will carry passengers aloft. Helicopter and
airplane rides also will be available. Across the airfield, you will
find live entertainment, carnival rides, a kid zone, a 4-H Animal
Encounter and more. Admission is $10 per day for adults. Attendees
are allowed unlimited free exit and re-entry each day. Children
under 12 get in FREE, and so do all veterans with ID. Balloon &
Sky Fest is held at the New Smyrna Beach Airport, which is located
off U.S. 1 just north of beautiful New Smyrna Beach, Florida. There
is plenty of FREE parking. For more information, visit