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May 15, 2022

CONCERT CHALETS OFFER VIP EXPERIENCE Music is to be experienced and our Concert Chalets offer a true VIP experience. Ideal for entertaining family, friends and clients, the festival’s Concert Chalets are similar to golf tournament VIP tents and provide a private reserved shade tent (10’ X 10’) with prime concert viewing of the Main Stage. * Combination of indoor and outdoor seating for up to 15 guests * Tableside catered food and beverage options delivered right to you (food and beverages are additional cost) * Prime viewing of the hot air balloon ascensions in our VIP Blue Sky Club Tent located adjacent to the Flight Line * Day-long access to a separate VIP Blue Sky Club Tent with air-conditioned restrooms * Admission into the Festival and VIP Blue Sky Club ($75 value per person) * Free VIP parking ($20 value) Each Concert Chalet is accessible 90 minutes prior to that day’s headlining concert and will be exclusively yours until 30 minutes following the concert—ensuring you and your guests have ample time to eat, drink and be very merry! Concert Chalet pricing provided upon request. There are only 4 available per concert, and they sell out quickly. Be sure to reserve yours today! www.balloonfestival.com/sponsors/chalets/

PRIVATE PARTIES If you are looking for a truly unique experience to share with your family, friends or clients, then look no further! The New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning’s exclusive Hospitality Village is the perfect place to host your special occasion, corporate outing, wedding, anniversary, birthday, or retirement celebration. Basic Party Package We will tailor party packages to meet your needs! Use this as a starting point for further discussion: * A private tent complete with tables, chairs, and umbrellas located along the Balloon Flight Line * Front row seats to a spectacular hot air balloon ascension of up to 100 sport and special shape balloons for selected session * Access to VIP restrooms complete with running water, air conditioning, and vanities * Festival admission tickets with corresponding “credentials” that admit your guests into the Hospitality Village for your get-together Additional tickets may be purchased at a discounted group rate * VIP parking passes for the exclusive Hospitality VIP Parking area on the day of your function Additional passes may be purchased for $20 each * Discount pricing on festival merchandise * A specially catered meal in a private setting * A custom banner identifying your party or celebration, along with the right to display your banner or other party identification (like table cards) in your tent * Admission to our top-flight concert series with lawn seating Reserved concert seats can be purchased at an additional cost We offer packages during the Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening ascensions in addition to Saturday and Sunday morning brunch. Breakfast/Brunch Parties: 6:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Afternoon/Evening Parties: 2:00 p.m. – close Click here to learn more: https://balloonfestival.com/tickets/private-parties/

REGISTER FOR YOUR BALLOON NFT COLLECTIBLE Get ready to unlock unique festival experiences in the metaverse. Registration is now open for limited edition Balloon Festival NFT digital collectibles before they go on sale June 1.

FESTIVAL 5K A RACE UNLIKE ANY OTHER Here’s your chance to get out from behind your laptop. The New Jersey Lottery Running with the Balloons 5K provides participants with the unique opportunity to race through the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America as up to 100 hot air balloons are inflating and flying overhead. Registration is now open for the 5K, which will take place Sunday, July 31 at 8:00 a.m. Combining the elements of cross-country with a traditional road race, this flat, fast, low-impact course features a mix of surfaces. Runners start on a grass field near the Festival’s Family Fun Center and race past the balloon launch field while Sunday morning’s mass hot air balloon ascension takes place. The course takes them along different surfaces including a dirt road around Solberg Airport and finishes on pavement in the heart of the Festival. How great is this experience? USA TODAY named it one of the 10 great 5K runs to build a vacation around for its spectacular scenery and the race has been televised on the YES Network and FOX Sports Regionals across the country. The race begins when human cannonball David “The Bullet” Smith, Jr. gets shot out of a cannon. Think you can keep up with him? He goes from 0 to 60 m.p.h. in less than a second! The experience doesn’t end there: the top male and female winners each receive a free ride in a hot air balloon. Runners’ entries include free all-day admission into the Festival, free parking with advanced registration, lawn seating to Sunday afternoon’s concert by Kansas, and access to both that morning’s and evening’s scheduled mass hot air balloon ascensions. The top three overall male and female finishers each receive non-cash prizes. In keeping with the Festival’s belief in “doing well by doing good,” a portion of the proceeds benefit the Girls on the Run,® a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams, and the Children’s Miracle Network. Advance registration is strongly suggested: visit www.balloonfestival.com/entertainment/5k.

FATHER’S DAY — GIVE HIM THE EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME! Make this year’s Father’s Day one he’ll truly remember with tickets to this year’s Festival. VIP experiences abound. Love him to the moon and back? Treat him to a ride in a hot air balloon!

ROCK & ROLL ROYALTY — AND RIBS — TAKE CENTER STAGE Rock & Roll royalty — Hall of Famers Dave Mason, Don Felder, and Artimus Pyle — and country rock pioneer Jim Messina — head the list of 11 artists who will perform at this year’s 12th annual Rock, Ribs & Ridges Festival. Molly Hatchet, Duane Betts, Revisiting Creedence, 49 Winchester, Jessica Lynn, The Matt Coffy Band, and Sugar Mountain round out this star-studded lineup. Attendees can also enjoy mouthwatering BBQ from 5 of the nation’s top BBQ pitmasters who will serve up ribs, pulled pork, brisket, corn bread, mac & cheese and more. Craft beers will be flowing throughout the weekend. Presented by Franklin Sussex Auto Mall and produced by our sister company, Promo1, soak up great music and the great outdoors in this parklike setting. VIP shaded seating, Miller Mezzanine reserved group table seating, weekend camping and on-site RV stay options add to the festival’s unique atmosphere. A Friday night “After Party” bonfire, a Saturday evening campers-only concert from the

Screamin Eagle Band, and a “Sunday Morning Get Together” with free coffee and donuts make the fan experience even more enjoyable. For tickets and additional information including the full concert lineup, visit www.rockribsandridges.com.