First full day of activities underway at Adirondack Balloon Festival


GLENS FALLS, NY (NEWS10) – At Crandall Park, things are getting set up for the first full day of activities at the Adirondack Balloon Festival. But events have been going on since Monday around South Glens Falls area.

Take a look at these kids from Harrison Avenue Elementary School Thursday. They got a chance to learn the science behind what it takes to make a hot air balloon work and even got to walk inside of one.

All week there has been preview community events until the opening ceremonies at local schools, nursing homes and sites for the developmentally disabled.

It’s an opportunity for those who might not be able to come out to the festival to be able to get up and close and talk to the pilots who have probably one of the coolest jobs…flying.

News10ABC asked Mark Donahue, President of the Board of Directors for the Balloon Festival, what the atmosphere is like during this weekend where they expect 30,000 people at each flight, to quote him directly, he said “It’s pretty astounding.”

“Good weather on a weekend at this event. We can host a hundred and fifty thousand people, and what’s so telling and so important about this event is it is free. It costs you nothing to come but your time. We are a non-for profit organization, we are all volunteers who put on this event, and this event is all about community and showcasing who we are,” said Donahue.

Shout out to my entire school of new friends over at Harrison Avenue Elementary. I promised I’d put you guys on TV.

Cars are pulling up to get set up for the day. There are supposed to be balloons up pretty early this morning.


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