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Friday and Saturday we had better than average attendance. Sunday attendance was light due to the uncooperative weather. We were pleased that some folks did venture out in the afternoon on Sunday. Probably half the volume we would normally see on a Sunday.

Both The 2 Jazz Bands on Saturday and Zack Brown Tribute Band on Sunday drew very large crowds. We had enlarged the concert area tent this year and glad we did.

We did bring in 8 shaped balloons this year. Generally we have 5 - 6 shapes. We had the two making their grand debut , Tom Cat and Terry Mouse. They joined their team mates Purple People Eater and Yellow Bird. Fred G Monster returned this year, he visited several years ago. Pig Headed flew this year, his Pilot is here every year with different balloons. Peg Leg Pete is always a favorite here in Dansville.

We get a lot of questions like "Why are there no Balloons here all day?" The best time for balloons to fly is just after sunrise and just before sunset. The winds tend to calm at that time. Winds need to be under 8 knots at ground level to be able to inflate and or fly. This weekend the winds and rain did not cooperate. We also had a thunder cell forming 19 miles north of us Sunday evening which also prevented a balloon launch. When possible, we try to at least inflate the shapes for the audience to view.

We are so pleased that we got the Friday night launch off. It is as disappointing to our committee members and the pilots as it is to the audience, when we cannot launch.

Proceeds from this event go to many area charities. Over the past 15 years the Dansville Festival of Balloons has donated over $190,000.

We thank all of the people that supported our event. We hope they enjoyed the other entertainment we had available during the day. We look forward to another successful year in 2018.

Our 36th Anniversary
New York State Festival of Balloons
Labor Day Weekend -- August 31st- September 4, 2017
Dansville Municipal Airport- entrance on Maple Street
Dansville, NY 14437

Rides & Games for Children
Tethered Balloon Rides
Continuous Entertainment


Entrance Fee $5.00 per person - Children under 12 Free

This event is organized and staffed solely by community volunteers. In 1997 the Dansville Balloon Festival was designated as the New York State Festival of Balloons. The festival features:

  • Six scheduled launches beginning Friday, 6 PM, Saturday and Sunday 6 AM & 6 PM, Monday 6 AM
  • Arts & Crafts Vendors
  • International Food Court
  • Free Entertainment
  • Rides & Amusements for children
  • Car Show

Free Balloon GLOW on Thursday beginning at 7 PM.


The goal of the festival is to provide entertainment and enjoyment to our spectators, bring visitors to our community, and share our profits with local charities. Over the years an average of 35,000 spectators per year visit our valley to enjoy the festival.
The success of prior festivals made it possible to share profits with local charities and organizations.

The beauty of an early morning flight is breathtaking as balloons gracefully float over our valley. The thrill of a mass evening launch is a real crowd pleaser. For those passengers taking their first flight, wonderful thoughts and memories will long endure.

Though we are one of the largest events of its type, The New York Festival of Balloons, is a great deal more than hot air balloons. Take a look at the SCHEDULE OF EVENTS for this coming Labor Day Weekend and you will agree that there is something for everyone all weekend long at the N.Y.S.F.O.B.





Contacts for further information:
Arts and Crafts - Mary Ann Holden
Balloon Pilots - Gerri Waight
Balloon Rides - Gerri Waight
Camping - Vicki Holland email
Car Show - Dorothy Hotchkiss
Food Concessions - Vicki Holland email
Schedule of Events - Gerri Waight
General Information - Dorothy Hotchkiss
Advertising Opportunities - Dorothy Hotchkiss
Entertainment - Dorothy Hotchkiss
Volunteering - Dorothy Hotchkiss

NO DOGS/PETS ALLOWED ON FESTIVAL GROUNDS.
NO COOLERS- NO ALCOHOL





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Dansville Municipal Airport
Festival entrance is on Maple Street
Dansville, NY 14437
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