Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: June 17-19, 2016

 

Saratoga Balloon and Craft Festival, Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa, NY

 

 

Saratoga, New York, June 1, 2016 - What a wonderful time to ascend skyward in a hot air balloon! On the weekend of June 17-19, Father’s Day Weekend, The Saratoga Balloon and Craft Festival, at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds, will kick off the summer festival season in the Capital Region. In addition to the launching of balloons in the early morning and at 6PM in the evenings, there will be a balloon Glow on Friday evening at dusk. At the Glow, as the balloons inflate, the propane burners ignite and create an amazingly colorful, intensely magical illumination delighting thousands of spectators.
 
Since the balloons take off early in the morning and later in the afternoon, the organizers have added a craft show to create a fun filled day. A large pavilion will house 100 artists, artisans, and specialty food makers. The actual maker of the handmade products will be there displaying and selling their own products. There is a cornucopia of handcrafted items to choose from: blown glass, pottery, stained glass, furniture, graphics, painting, leather, metal, wood, jewelry, and other handcrafted products.
 
A pavilion for specialty food products including wineries and distillers will host 30 booths. New York State Wineries will sample and taste 80 or more wines, all produced in New York State. Wines are available for purchase by the bottle or the case. Other exhibitors will display, sample, and sell sauces, infused oils, roasted nuts, jams, jellies, maple syrup, and other gourmet products.
 
No Festival is complete without entertainment. There is a Kids Zone with face painting, interactive games, “make and take” craft section, pony rides, a walkabout balloon, a strolling magician, and a comic juggler, Brent McCoy. He is a wildly entertaining comic performer who looks like he just came from a construction site. In the Real McCoy Show, he combines breathtaking circus stunts with lightning fast wit for a rollicking comic experience. He appeals to all ages.
 
For the adults, there will be continuous music on the Main Stage. (Check the website to see who’s playing,
www.ballonandcraft.com.)  An innovative food court will feature tasty fare from food trucks and local restaurants. The varied menu, from wood oven pizza to tempura, is designed to satisfy even the most voracious appetite. A tempting array of New York craft beers will be served.
 
As Sunday June 19 is Father’s Day, the Festival will pay tribute to dads.  All fathers accompanied by his child will be treated to a complimentary lunch, prepared by Brickyard Tavern’s Chef Ron Manna, consisting of a pulled pork sandwich, French Fries, coleslaw and a flight of four craft beers or a non-alcoholic beverage if preferred. Vouchers for “dads free lunch” are available at the entry gate.
 
On Friday the gates open at 3PM. While exhibits close at 8PM, food booths will remain open and the Glow will commence shortly after at dusk. On Saturday they open at 10, and will close after the Balloon Launch at 8PM.  Sunday’s hours are 10-4.

 

Adult admission will be $10 and kids are $5. (NO DOGS ALLOWED AT FAIRGROUNDS.)  Purchasing advance tickets is highly recommended, especially as the Glow usually sells out. Tickets and more information are available on the website www.balloonandcraft.com.
 
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Media Contact: Tim Cianciola

Email: tim@craftproducers.com

Phone: (802) 425-3399

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 Calendar Listing

 

 

CALENDAR LISTING:

Event Name: Saratoga Balloon and Craft Festival

Event Date: June 17-19, 2016

Event Time: On Friday the gates open at 3PM. While exhibits close at 8PM, food booths will remain open and the Glow will commence shortly after at dusk. On Saturday they open at 10, and will close after the Balloon Launch at 8PM.  Sunday’s hours are 10-4.

Event Location: Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa, NY

Admission: Adult admission will be $10 and kids are $5. (NO DOGS ALLOWED AT FAIRGROUNDS.)  Purchasing advance tickets is highly recommended, especially as the Glow usually sells out. Tickets and more information are available on the website www.balloonandcraft.com.

Web: www.balloonandcraft.com

Contact: Tim Cianciola, tim@craftproducers.com, (802) 425-3399

Description: What a wonderful time to ascend skyward in a hot air balloon! On the weekend of June 17-19, Father’s Day Weekend, The Saratoga Balloon and Craft Festival, at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds, will kick off the summer festival season in the Capital Region. In addition to the launching of balloons in the early morning and at 6PM in the evenings, there will be a balloon Glow on Friday evening at dusk. At the Glow, as the balloons inflate, the propane burners ignite and create an amazingly colorful, intensely magical illumination delighting thousands of spectators.

 


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