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We have no plans for a 2022 Festival in Carroll County!
On behalf of the Pilots, Crew and Carroll Hospital Volunteers, we thank you for your attendance and more importantly your enthusiasm shown during our 2021 festival.

Sunday Afternoon Balloon Launch as seen from a different vantage point!

photo courtesy of Amy Davis/Baltimore Sun
See and read more of Amy's festival reporting in our "In The NEWS" block below.


August 28-29, 2021
1-9PM on Saturday and 1-7PM on Sunday!

Location: Carroll County Agriculture Center
706 Agriculture Center Drive, Westminster, MD 21157
Presented by Friendship Hot Air Balloon Co.

Sunday Afternoon Balloon Launch

photo courtesy of Renee Godfrey-Quillin

8/29/2021 Amy Davis/Baltimore Sun Providing some fantastic photos from our Sunday Afternoon balloon ascension. Thank you, Amy!

8/19/2021 WBAL-TV WBAL-TV - Jennifer Franciotti conducts pre-festival interview with the Dreamstar Balloon Team at the CC Ag. Center

8/10/2021 --Carroll County Times Balloon Festival Story Click on link and learn more about our festival.

Major Sponsors:


'Spirit of America Tribute' Sponsor

Gold Sponsors



Favored Community Supporters

Our Maryland Hot Air Balloon Festivals from the Past
Maryland Friends preparing to launch in 2019
Festivals Past - Turf Valley Resort
Maryland Festivals Past- Turf Valley
Maryland Festivals Past- Balloon Glow
Maryland Festivals Past- Spectators up close
Festivals Past- Spectators enjoying the action
Maryland Festivals Past
Maryland Festivals Past
Maryland Festivals Past
Festivals - Drone captures Many Spectators
gathered around the "Hot Air Balloon Pit"
Maryland Festivals Past-Getting it Hot!

And The Dreamstar Balloon Team did IT!
We invited 20 balloon pilot friends from all parts of the country to come to town and participate in our very own First Balloon Festival right here in Carroll County Maryland.
We met many of our Carroll County Residents over the years when landing in your "backyard" and now we want to celebrate ballooning with you on a Grand Scale.


DJ Entertainment by: Carlysle Entertainment

SHIFTWORK Entertainment Band will appear live on our outdoor stage on Saturday afternoon.

The Fabulous Hubcaps Band will appear live on our outdoor stage on Sunday afternoon.

See event schedule link at top of page
Festival Activities include:

-- A 'Spirit of America Tribute' daily at 6PM on our launch field and Spectators will be participants. You will not want to miss this one!
-Scout Troop 944 honor America with a re-enactment of the Flag Raising at Iwo Jima.
-A Big 'THANK YOU Carroll Hospital COVID Front Line Associates' will be coordinated by the Carroll Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. It will involve Hospital Associates and a County Official.
-A Mass Hot Air Balloon Launch of up to 16 balloons will rise above the spectators and fly away over beautiful Carroll County

-- Three mass ascension flights of up to 15 hot air balloons
-- Special Shape Balloons will join in the fun
-- Passenger balloon flights - BOOK your FLIGHT NOW!
-- Tethered balloon rides
-- Walkabout balloon
-- Balloon Training Demonstration
-- Kids Zone
-- Entertainment featuring:
----- SHIFTWORK ENTERTAINMENT performing on Stage Saturday
----- The Fabulous Hubcaps Band performing on stage Sunday

-- Delicious Foods from 15 Food Vendors
-- Specialty Crafts from 60 crafters
-- Sponsors - we cannot do without!

--'5K RUN/WALK AMONG BALLOONS' planned for Sunday Morning. See link at top of page.
To Benefit

Sponsored by:


Come fly with us in one of our beautiful balloons. $240 per person for a 30-45 minute balloon flight. Three mass ascension flights are scheduled: Saturday 6PM, Sunday 6AM and Sunday 6PM. Passengers will be booked in advance. Experience the Wonder!

So what is a balloon glow?

The hot air balloon festival event now known as a balloon glow was invented in Albuquerque in 1979, when local pilots inflated balloons on Christmas Eve night as a thank you to local residents. The sight of balloons lit from within at night like giant holiday ornaments is breathtaking, and glow events are now held all over the world.


A hot air balloon, tethered to the ground, will offer rides ($20 adults and $10 children under 12) up to 60 feet in the air for up to 5 minutes. No advanced booking is required.

Welcome Kids and Adults!
A non airworthy hot air balloon will be partially inflated on the ground. Children and adults will be able to venture into the center of this colorful balloon ($3 children and adults). Pay on site.

>>KIDS ZONE - Visit the Zone

Festival Attendance Guidelines:
You may not bring:
-- pets (service dogs are allowed)
-- coolers, bottles, cans or food
-- beach umbrellas
-- popup tents (shady spots are available)
You may bring:
-- lawn chairs
-- blankets

A Message from the Balloonmeister

What does 'WEATHER PERMITTING' mean?
1. Winds on the surface should be less than 7 mph
2. Winds at 3000 feet should be forecasted to be less than 20 mph
3. Rain should not be in the forecast for the period of scheduled flight
4. A hot air balloon should not be in the air within 100 miles of a thunderstorm
5. Balloons launch only at sunrise and 1-3 hours before sunset
The most desirable flying conditions are good visibility, light winds and no precipitation
Final decision as to fly or not to fly is made 45 minutes before scheduled flight during the pilot briefing

-Ron Broderick,

Balloon Demonstration

Kids and Adults will have an opportunity to participate in a hands on FREE demonstration of "HOW BALLOONS WORK". Scheduled from 2-3:30PM Saturday & Sunday. Lead pilot/instructor is Matt Hodgdon from Mt Airy MD.

"For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return." -- Leonardo da Vinci


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