SANDY CREEK – The countdown is under way for the first Oswego County Balloon Festival June 6, 7 and 8 at the Oswego County Fairgrounds in Sandy Creek.
At least ten balloons in a variety of styles are expected to participate in the festival.
Balloon glows will be held each evening, weather permitting, and balloonists have planned plenty of time for spectators to see launches and demonstrations and take balloon rides throughout the weekend.
Launches are scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and 5:45 to 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Balloon glows will begin at 8:30 Friday and Saturday nights.
Balloon rides will be available through pilots Scott and Peter Griswold of Above All Balloon Rides of Syracuse.
The Griswold family co-founded the Jamesville Balloon Festival many years ago.
To book a ride in advance, call Peter Griswold at 315-263-6124.
Festival organizer Melissa Stevens has planned a full weekend of live music with Frostbit Blue closing out the entertainment at 7:30 Sunday night.
Family activities will include a kids’ bounce house, petting zoo, horse rides, and alpacas by Two Chicks Farm Alpacas.
The festival offers a wine-tasting tent and a large selection of food choices from popular local vendors including Garafolo’s, Barlow’s Concessions, Roberts Family BBQ, Smoothies on Wheels, Cheesecake on a Stick, and the Sandy Creek Fire Department.
Several vendors and crafters will be sell hand-crafted jewelry and other items.
The full band line-up includes:
Friday, June 6: 5-6:30 p.m. Driftwater; 7:30-9 p.m. Country Swagg; and 9:30-11 p.m. Custom Taylor.
Saturday, June 7: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Christopher Gerard Band; 1 – 2:30 p.m., The Jason Wicks Band; 3 – 4:30 Kevin Barringer; 5-6:30 p.m. Mick Fury; 7:30-9 p.m. JP Shaggy; and 9:30-11p.m. Fulton Chain Gang.
Sunday, June 8: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. F5; 1-2:30 p.m. Rod Richmand and the Whitetail Band; 3-4:30 p.m. The Lonesome Crow; 5 -6:30 p.m. TJ Sacco; and 7:30-9 p.m. Frostbit Blue
The festival opens at 3 p.m. Friday and runs until 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
The event is organized by All Over Events of Pulaski.
One dollar of every admission ticket will benefit Music for the Mission of Syracuse.
Admission is $10 at the gate and $8 advance sale.
There is no admission charge for children age 10 and under.
Onsite parking is included in the admission price.
For advance sale tickets and more information visit https://www.facebook.com/OswegoCountyBalloonFestival.
Pets are not allowed at the festival.
The Oswego County Balloon Festival is sponsored by Deaton’s ACE Building and Home Center, Tug Edge Outdoor and More, CNY Central, I Heart Oswego, Tunes 92.5, Port City Blue Print, Zink Shirts, Wolf Radio, the Stanley Law Office, and All Over Events.
The Sandy Creek Fairgrounds is located on Ellisburg Street in the town of Sandy Creek, just off I-81, exit 37.
For Oswego County accommodations and visitor information go to www.visitoswegocounty.com