Hudson Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival - What a Weekend!

I think this is a great picture of Michelle and me--definitely one of my favorites.  

Everything was beautiful Sunday morning when this was taken.  The balloons launched as scheduled, as they did on Saturday morning when I was there.  What a visual feast!--not only because of all the colorful balloons, but the setting!  You can see more pictures of the Orchard, the surrounding mountains and gorgeous scenery, plus photos of the many activities that went on throughout the weekend, including the Moonglow balloon display in the evenings and the fireworks here.

Just some of the 18 balloons in the air Sunday morning.

And here I am with Frank Castella, Jr., President of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.  A huge thank you goes to Frank and his tireless and dedicated staff that worked many many long hours to bring this very popular event to the Hudson Valley and working all weekend taking care of the many details involved.  

Special thanks  to Barton Orchards where the event took place, and big thank yous to all the terrific sponsors that made it all possible: here.

See you there next year!

photos Joe Daily's Scrapbook


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