July 28-30 2017

Solberg Airport - Readington, NJ


Countdown to Festival Fun!


Until the 2017
 Quick Chek New Jersey
Festival of Ballooning!



Purple Bee - Left
2016 Balloon Right 2

Participating Pilots

 The QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning 

Participating Pilots for 2017


If you are a pilot and want to apply to fly at our festival, please note that the pilot applications will be made available in mid-December. Instructions will be emailed to you in early December. If you are a pilot who has not flown with us in the past and would like to be considered for the 2017 festival, please email Brent Swanson at bswanson@balloonfestival.com.

To see our 2016 Participating Pilots, click here.

To see our 2015 Participating Pilots, click here.


Sunburst - Michael (Mike) Zemlachenko

Balloon Name: Sunburst
Pilot: Michael (Mike) Zemlachenko
Hometown: Flemington, NJ





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2017 Participating Pilots

IMTS - Patrick Fogue

Valley Grace - Donald (Don) Warner Jr.

Wonder Bread - Chris Sabia

WICKED The Musical - Stan Hess

ReMax-Above the Clouds- Robert Mueller

Rachel's Dream - Tony Saxton

Fatboy - Dariush Farzad

Ridem 2 - Matthew (Matt) & Donald McClinton

Smile High - Anthony (Tony) Sica

Allegiance - Michael Blum

Great Balls of Fire - Bill Whidden

Air America - Kent Barnes

Windswept - Matthew Lidinsky

Sunrise - Thomas (Tim) Strand

Captain America - Taylor Aldous

Ron Burgundy - Jesse Roholt

Incognito - Vincent (Vinny) Panico

Heads Up - Nancy Beck

Belle-Air - Scott Saxton

Third Life Crisis - Nicholas Mazzocchi

Six Pack - Joseph (Joe Sr.) & Beth Hamilton

Passion - Andre Boucher

Tiny - Brian Trapp

Ziggy - Dan Keith

Quarter-Life Crisis - Sally Lidinsky

Mystical Breeze - Joel & David Berka

Cumulus Rompus II - John Piper

Rainbow with a View - Richard (Rich) Hamilton

ADK Balloon - Brooke Owen

Tailwinds - Patrick Smith

Last Penny - William Colyer

Wandering Winds - Victoria Ingrassia

2nd Wind - Mark Fritze

Bigger Green - James (Jim) O'Brien

HI - Richard Letrent

Giant Strawberry - Richard Wiedenhaefer

Jurassic Journey - Tracy Leaver

Tailwinds - James (Jim) Rodrigue

Spirit of '76 - Jason Gabriel

Sunburst - Michael (Mike) Zemlachenko