2018 QuickChek Festival of Ballooning
QuickChek Festival Ballooning Our 7th Year
This was our seventh year covering this event and probably the best one so far. We decided to attend Sunday the last day of the event. We knew from past years you want to get there early so you can visit all the vendors and stock up on all the free drinks, candies and other goodies they are offering visitors before they close for the lunch break.
At the 2018 QuickChek Festival of Ballooning you can expect to receive so many complimentary goodies that we usually have to go back to our car to deposit anything we were given that wouldn’t melt in the heat. So chocolates were eaten as we got them and soft and energy drinks were gobbled down to help us keep hydrated.
We usually look forward to the drug companies that used to attend and offer samples of their products, from band aids, aspirin even sun tan lotion. However they were no longer present at the festival. Not sure if there was some sort of situation that prevented them from attending.
We also noticed that they didn’t have some of the specialty acts at the festival like the Cannon Lady or some of the other cool acts including last years performance by a young female acrobat that hung from a white balloon and did her act as the balloon traveled across the mob sized crowd in the field.
The Balloons and the Ascensions
Sunday, the day we attended the 2018 QuickChek Festival of Ballooning, couldn’t be more perfect. Yes, it was hot during the day, but as it got closer to the balloon’s being inflated for their accession the weather had cooled down quite a bit as many thousand’s spread out their blankets, towels, and beach chairs to watch the show…and what a show it was.
The balloons are then laid out on the ground, inflated with a large fan, then the basket is attached and they start the propane burners to heat up the air inside the balloons. As the air inside the balloons heat the balloons begin to rise. During the flight, the captain will continue to start and stop the burners to keep the balloons afloat.
Thousands of guests at the QuickChek Festival Ballooning, set up their cameras on tripods, blankets on the ground and watched the show as we did. We are fortunate to be on the inside of the fence up close to all the action and from our gallery of photos, you can see there was plenty this year.
Sunday – Creedence Clearwater Revival
One of the best events at the 2018 QuickChek Festival of Ballooning, after the Balloon Ascensions, of course, is the concerts. In the past, we attended a number of concerts and was able to listen to one of our fav groups of the past Creedance Clearwater. Record crowd attend these concerts that start on Friday and run through Sunday. There are a number of entertainers and shows in their stadium each day, so next year make your reservations early.
Some of the Rules
No animals are allowed at the QuickChek Festival Ballooning with the exception of legitimate “Service Animals”. Legitimate means no “emotional or therapy dogs” or dog owners that have service dog ID cards purchased on the internet for the sole purpose of taking advantage of the ADA’s (American Disability Act) rules and regulations.
The rules also state you are not allowed to bring in any food or drink. We can certainly understand why. Both the sponsors including their main sponsor QuickChek, need the support of the attendees. QuickChek operates a huge facility for food and drinks and offers their products at regular QuickChek prices. So many food vendors who offer every type of food one can imagine.
There is also the many free samples of drinks, food, health bars,candy and drinks that no one leaves the festival hungry.
The vendors are not allowed to offer any of their samples during the lunch time in order to support the many paid for vendors at the festival. If you attend on Sunday, here is a tip, at the close of the event, the companies that were offering free samples are giving away what ever is left. They don’t want to take it back to their facilities. So we scored big time and loaded up three bags with candy, chips and other goodies.
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We have included 234 beautiful photos in our gallery to give you a better idea of the festival. Just click the image below or this link to go to our gallery.
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