QUEENSBURY — With slightly more than a week to go before the first scheduled launch, the Adirondack Balloon Festival has added an additional special balloon and has released information on a new traffic flow for getting to and from Warren County airport.
The year-old DreamShip balloon was created by Folds of Honor with support from the Rite Aid Foundation. The nonprofit Folds of Honor honors the nation’s dead and disabled service members and their families and raises funds for scholarships for their spouses and children.
The fabric of the balloon showcases artwork created by Folds of Honor scholarship recipients, symbolizing their hopes and dreams for the future. It stands taller than 8 stories and features 130 drawings.
The balloon will take part in this year’s opening ceremonies, beginning at 4 p.m. Sept. 21 at Crandall Park.
Weather permitting, the balloon will offer tether rides, with proceeds to benefit the scholarship fund, both Thursday and Sunday evenings.
PHOTO GALLERY: Special shapes for balloon festival
QUEENSBURY — Adirondack Balloon Festival officials have released the details of seven special-shaped balloons scheduled for this year's festival, Sept. 21-24.
Specialty shaped balloons making their debut in the 45th annual event include an American flag-shaped balloon, as well as Owlbert Eyenstein and Scorch the Dragon.
Special-shape balloons returning to the festival include Smiley the Scarecrow, Yellow Bird and Puddy Cat and Pokey the Turtle.
The festival starts Sept 21 in Glens Falls, and then runs Sept. 22-24 at Warren County sirport. Admission is free. A premium parking pass is available for $15 for the entire weekend.
One way in
Under a plan developed by airport and county DPW officials, spectator traffic will now enter from Ridge Road only on the new airport access road to use airport runway parking.
Vehicles will be entering on the east/west runway and will be directed to parking with signs and DPW staffing. This will include handicapped parking.
There will be two dedicated exits from the runways — Hicks Road and Queensbury Avenue, based on parking location. All VIP parking will continue to enter and exit from Queensbury Avenue.
VIP parking passes are available at the Glens Falls city clerk’s office, the Queensbury town clerk’s office, and the Warren County Municipal Center and DPW offices.
The balloon festival will hold a training session at 9 a.m. Saturday for those who want to volunteer to help balloon crews during the festival.
Officials said special-shape balloons are coming in from all over the country and will need help being inflated.
“These special-shape balloons are quite heavy and complicated to inflate. Some require 8 to 10 people to help the pilot with the inflation and deflation process,” said Mark Donahue, president of the festival’s board of directors.
More information is available at www.adirondackballoonfest.org.