JULY 23-25, 2021

Solberg Airport - Readington, NJ 973 882 5464

Countdown to Festival Fun


Until the 2020
 Quick Chek New Jersey
Festival of Ballooning!



Participating Pilots

The New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning 

Participating Pilots for 2021

If you are a pilot and want to fly at this year's festival, please email Kristin Vincent at

[email protected] and request an application.

To see our 2019 Participating Pilots, click here.


Movin' Magic - Mark MacSkimming

Balloon: Movin' Magic

Pilot: Mark MacSkimming

Hometown: Harrisburg, PA


1. What is your full-time job?     Vice President of Sales and Marketing

2. Where/when was your first balloon ride as a passenger, and how did that influence your decision to become a pilot?     I crewed for a local pilot for six years. When he ordered a new balloon, he offered to sell me his used balloon with training.

3. Favorite part about being a balloon pilot?     People. I love sharing the magic of ballooning with all we come in contact with.

4. What are your hobbies other than ballooning?     Ice hockey and motorcycles.

5. Other than here at the Festival, where is your favorite place to fly? Why?     My home area of Hershey PA. Open area, great land owners and no flight restrictions.

6. What’s the name of your balloon and the story behind it?     Movin' Magic. All of my "toys" in my life held that name starting with my second car - a street racer.

7. Where is the most interesting place that you landed or most interesting experience that you had after you landed?     Unknowingly landed on the ranch of NASCAR driver Ryan Newman. Mr. Newman was such a gracious host by including a tour of his "Rescue Ranch" - a dog rescue operation run by he and his wife, and he capped off the visit with lunch at his home.

8. Have you had any unique engagements that happened at the New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning or during private flights?

Engagements ... The ride operations at NJLF asked if I would do a "unique" proposal flight, to which I replied sure, without inquiring why it was deemed "special." Interestingly enough the proposal was by a US Navy recruit about to leave for basic training and she wanted to propose to her girlfriend before deploying. They were a great couple, wonderful people and a first for me ... and she said yes.

9. What incentives do you provide in order to wrangle crew during your normal flights?     Usually a meal and/or cocktails after the flight. They are not paid directly, but do travel with me at no expense to them.

10. Do you have any unique traditions pre-and/or post flight?     We are all business pre-flight and happily provide the traditional champagne toast celebration post-flight.

11. How long have you being flying here at the Festival?     This will be my 30th Festival; my first year was 1991.

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2021 Participating Pilots

A-Rising-Star - Charles Blair

American Dream - Peter Griswold

Au-dela du reve - Pier-Alexandre Marcoux

Autumn Above - Scott Griswold

Bigger Green - James (Jim) O'Brien

Blue Dragon - Jack Edling

Butterball - Dariush (Dar) Farzad

Captain America - Mark Johnson

Carolina Twist-Anthony Seeger

Condor - JR Wingfield

Crystal Ship - Ken Loesser

Dreamworks - Emelia Bernava

Family Girl - David Spais

For Green Fields - Bruce Byberg

Freedom Flyer - Mark Fritze

Glory Days - Neal Blackwell

Going My Way - Dick and MaryBeth Young

Golden High - Richard Ret

Heads Up - Nancy Beck

HI - Richard Letrent

I'll Have Another - David Radloff

Infinity - Mark Schilling

Jurassic Journey - Tracy Leaver

Just Ducky - Kelly Dube

Kaleidoscope - JR Maehr

Last One - Joseph (Joe Sr.) & Beth Hamilton

Last Penny - William (Bill) Colyer

Liftin' Spirits - Marcus Favero

Lighter Than Air - Jonathan Shames

Majestic - William Randell

Miss Molly - Scott Saxton

Movin' Magic - Mark MacSkimming

Mystical Breeze - Joel & David Berka

Oochie 5 - Marc Klinger

Private Eye Too - Scott Kelley

Quarter-Life Crisis - Sally Lidinsky

Rainbow with a View - Richard (Rich) Hamilton

RE/MAX - Evolution- Robert (Bob) Mueller

Ron Burgundy - Dariush (Dar) Farzad

Serenity-Richard Hughes