Maryland Preakness Celebration Balloon Festival at the Howard County Fairgrounds, Maryland

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Behind any successful hot air balloon event is a dedicated group of pilots and crew members from far and wide. We appreciate and thank these talented individuals for coming together to create our festival. Mother Nature allowed us to have a wonderful Thursday morning media flight and a beautiful mass ascension on Friday morning. Discussions are coming to explain why our fantastic sport of hot air ballooning is so sensitive to weather conditions. Details and many photos are coming.......

Friday Morning Flight

Preakness Celebration Balloon Festival
May 18-20, 2017
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Special Thanks to our Major Sponsor: The Bob Lucido Team

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The Bob Lucido tether balloon preparing to launch Friday morning 2017

Beautiful pictures of our Thursday morning media flight & Friday morning mass ascension are coming. Mother Nature prevented hot air balloon acitivity Thursday PM and Friday PM and Saturday AM.

The Long Running Preakness Celebration Balloon Festival is one of many events planned during the week-long series of special events celebrating the annual running of the Preakness Stakes, Baltimore's "Super Bowl" and the 2nd jewel in thoroughbred racing's prestigious Triple Crown. The Hot Air Balloon Festival has a long and colorful tradition going back 40 years.

The Howard County Fairgrounds in Howard County, Maryland will brighten the skies this year as the Centerpiece Venue for the long running balloon festival. Spectators will enjoy the wonder of hot air balloons, specialty crafts, entertainment, and good food during this family-friendly festival.

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Tethers in Action in 2016

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Returning again -- the Roaming Railroad will be 'roaming' the grounds providing fun rides for all.

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If a picture says a 1000 words, then see
--- 2016 in Pictures
--- 2015 in Pictures

Preakness Celebration Balloon Festival        



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