July 27-29 2018

Solberg Airport - Readington, NJ 973-882-5464

Countdown to Festival Fun


Until the 2018
 Quick Chek New Jersey
Festival of Ballooning!



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Participating Pilots

 The QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning 

Participating Pilots for 2018


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 early January. Instructions will be emailed to you in late December. If you are a pilot who has not flown with us in the past and would like to be considered for the 2018 festival, please email Brent Swanson at bswanson@balloonfestival.com.

To see our 2017 Participating Pilots, click here.

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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2018 Participating Pilots

Butterball - Dariush Farzad

Sunrise - Todd Monahan

Incognito - Vincent (Vinny) Panico

Windswept - Matthew Lidinsky

Serendipity - Jason Boucher

Big Red - Matthew (Matt) & Donald McClinton

Movin' Magic - Mark MacSkimming

Air America - Kent Barnes

Great Balls of Fire - Bill Whidden

Sunburst - Michael (Mike) Zemlachenko

Passion - Andre Boucher

Sunrise - Thomas (Tim) Strand

Heads Up - Nancy Beck

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

A-Rising-Star - Charles Blair

Ron Burgundy - Peter Griswold

Hector Corominas-Sky Gypsy

Captain America - Lucas Hess

Private Eye Too - Scott Kelley

Smile High - Anthony (Tony) Sica

Bigger Green - James (Jim) O'Brien

Jurassic Journey - Tracy Leaver

Cumulus Rompus II - John Piper

Going My Way - Dick and MaryBeth Young

Mystical Breeze - Joel & David Berka

Rainbow with a View - Richard (Rich) Hamilton

Golden High - Richard Ret

Wonderful Whirled - Jennifer Goldbloom

Third Life Crisis - Nicholas Mazzocchi

Tailwinds - Patrick Smith

Last Penny - William (Bill) Colyer

Sky Petals - Penny Christy

Heaven Bound - Dennis Welser

Rainbow Dreams - Timothy (Tim) Taylor

Blue Dragon - Jack Edling

Come From Away - Michael Blum

2nd Wind - Mark Fritze

Red Top - Tony DiCocco

Spellbound Spirit II - Randy Lee

Tiny - Brian Trapp