July 24-26 2020

Solberg Airport - Readington, NJ 973 882 5464

Countdown to Festival Fun

 

Until the 2020
 Quick Chek New Jersey
Festival of Ballooning!

 

 

Shore Point

Breaking News

Behind the Scenes with Howard Freeman, Executive Producer

01/21/2008 8:56 AM -
“So Howie, what do you do in the off-season?” The answer to that question is that there is no off-season for us because it really does take 362 days to plan, organize and put together what many feel is the best festival of its kind in the world.
 
We’re constantly busy looking to make this year’s event the best ever. What’s the newest balloon? What new attractions are out there? Who’s around? Who’s hot? We talk to agents and attend concerts to find the right mix of talent to continue to offer Festival-goers quality musical entertainment and the best free concert lineup around. Last year’s lineup featured a legend (Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night), rock-and-roll Hall of Famers (Creedence Clearwater), local cult heroes (Blues Traveler), and our first-ever boy band (teen sensations the Jonas Brothers, who continue to rocket to stardom).
 
Over the years our free concert series has covered the music spectrum from the Beach Boys, Peter Frampton, and Dave Mason to Charlie Daniels and New Riders of the Purple Sage. If you have any suggestions, feel free to vote online on the home page of the website or send us your ideas (information@balloonfestival.com).
 
We’re also out scouting to bring you new types of entertainment. Last year we brought you the world’s highest aerial act, the unbelievable Galaxy of Thrills stunt show. I still get chills thinking of Galaxy Girl hanging upside down without a net, 127 feet above the Festival grounds!
 
We meet with our existing sponsors and vendors and talk with new ones every day about the great opportunities the Festival has to offer them, and in turn, what exciting attractions, products and services they can offer you, our loyal attendees.
 
Helping us find new ways to entertain you are two new members to the Festival staff. Marcy Burach joins us as Director of Corporate Sponsorships, where she’ll be responsible for working with our Festival sponsors and marketing partners. Marcy has extensive experience in matching sponsors with promotional opportunities to reach and entertain audiences while meeting their marketing goals and objectives.
 
Alyssa Swingle is our new Director of Corporate Development in charge of arts and crafters and our vendors. Alyssa’s background in event planning, corporate marketing and working with event exhibitors will be a great addition as we look to offer you the latest in mobile marketing such as the AT&T Pit Stop Challenge, the NBA Jam Van, the Warner Bros. Crash the Backlot Tour!, the Purina® Incredible Dog Team, the Honda Ultimate Garage, and the Horizon BCBSNJ Blimp, to name just a few.
 
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a sponsor or vendor, please contact Marcy at mburach@balloonfestival.com or Alyssa at aswingle@balloonfestival.com. William Coombs.jpg
 
And finally, it is with deep regret that I mention the passing of Bill Coombs, a wonderful and talented artist who did many of our beautiful posters over the years. Bill’s award-winning paintings have been exhibited around the world. He devoted his work over the past 30 years to his love of hot air ballooning and was our Official Artist for the 1985, 1986, 1987, 1996, 1997 and 2001 Festival posters. We’ll miss him.
 
Right now it’s back to the phones for us as we continue our quest to make this year’s Festival our best. We hope you enjoy our e-Newsletter as we bring you the latest news as this year’s Festival comes together. 


Search Archive »





Browse by Month »

August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
October 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
February 2016
January 2016
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
July 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
July 2013
April 2013
February 2013
January 2013
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
March 2012
February 2012
October 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
December 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005
March 2005
February 2005
December 2004