Green River Festival - July 8-10, 2016
Why not include a once in a lifetime event as part of your Green River Festival experience? We have FOUR hot air balloon launches throughout the weekend and rides are available. There’s nothing like floating over the festival and down the valley on a lovely summer evening. Don’t forget the camera.
Hot Air Balloon rides originate at Greenfield Community College grounds and are scheduled for Friday, Saturday evenings, as well as Saturday, Sunday mornings (weather permitting). Flights take off as close to 6 o'clock (A.M. and P.M.) as possible and last anywhere from 45 minutes to over an hour. Of course, the length of the flight is largely dependent upon the winds and weather conditions of the day.
Balloons are visible on site only during above windows. The balloons, due to winds, can only inflate and fly during early morning or evening hours. They do not fly during the day. There is no admission charge to view the morning balloon launches. Festival admission is charge for the evening launches. Visit the Green River Festival web site for fees.
Passengers must be over the age of 10 and in good health. If you are pregnant, recently released from the hospital, have current broken bones or casts you will not be able to qualify to purchase a ride. Passengers under the age of 18 must have parental permission or the parent must fly with them. Riders are accepted at the discretion of the ride operator. All passengers will be required to sign a release form provided at the Festival balloon tent.
Each pilot has a chase crew which follows the flight path of the balloon as best the can on the ground, often limited by bridges and unfamiliar roads. The traditional toast of champagne is a friendly greeting to the property owners who share in the excitement of seeing the balloon landing in nearby yards or fields.
The 2016 Balloonmeister - Paul Sena of Worthington Ballooning