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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.

The Maryland One Balloon is looking for the Perfect Sponsor to help promote their Maryland Business and the beauty and wonders of Maryland from above.

Daily Admission Fees
We need to know Soon about how many spectators will be attending.

Adult General Admission Tickets are:
-- $20 for Adults and Children 12 years and older.

Child General Admission Tickets are:
-- $5 for Children 6 to 12 years old.
-- Free for Children under 6 years old

EARLYBIRD Discount Tickets - ON SALE NOW! GO FOR IT! See link above.

See you in August!
Be Safe and Be Prepared!

Purchase your custom hot air balloon design mask here. Words do not appear on the mask. Click here to see more details and to order. Go in style while the mask mandate is in effect.

Major Sponsor:

Gold Sponsors

Favored Community Supporters

Media Partners

Carroll County Times

Lodging Headquarters

AND backup


DJ Entertainment by: Carlysle Entertainment

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

We will now build on our Best Plans made for 2020 and make the 2021 Festival even bigger and even Better! Continue reading to get an idea of what to expect.

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!

Guess what The Dreamstar Balloon Team did NOW!
We invited 20 balloon pilot friends from all parts of the country to come to town and participate in the First Annual 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.
So Carroll County GET READY!

Festival Activities will include:
-- 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 The Fabulous Hubcaps Band
-- Delicious Foods from 15 Food Vendors
-- Specialty Crafts from 60 crafters
-- Sponsors - we cannot do without!

--RUNNERS get READY for the '5K RUN/WALK AMONG BALLOONS' planned for Sunday Morning. On-Line Registration is avaliable NOW! 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!

Daily Admission Fees:
Adult General Admission Tickets are:
-- $20 for Adults and Children 12 years and older.

Child General Admission Tickets are:
-- $5 for Children 6 to 12 years old.
-- Free for Children under 6 years old

EARLYBIRD Discount Tickets - ON SALE NOW! GO FOR IT! See link above.

Calling all Vendors!
Looking for a few exceptional Food Vendors and many creative Crafters. Applications are now on line. See links above.

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 Tom Gordon Opinion Carroll County Times -- June 27, 2020


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

Custom Pins Specialist
The Pinlady

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, BallooningUSA.com

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.

--- Our host hotel is The Days Inn 25 S. Cranberry Rd. Westminster.

"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

Health DEPT - Temporary Foor Permit 3 forms required: #1 - #2 - #3

TWO PAYMENT OPTIONS for purchasing your admission ticket:
----Pay by Check to Friendship Hot Air Balloon Co. Mail to 12465 Barnard Way, West Friendship, MD 21794.
----Pay Using PayPal, you will make one payment of the total value of tickets. Simply type in the Dollar amount of your purchase. Click on 'Buy Now' Button or using Paypal.com, you will be paying flights@BallooningUSA.com

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