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Quickchek Returns As Balloon Festival Title Sponsor

March 2, 2015

Sponsorship, Longest Running in the U.S.A., Drives Store Traffic and Savings for Consumers
READINGTON, NJ — For the 23rd consecutive year, QuickChek is returning as title sponsor of the annual New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America. 
The Whitehouse Station, NJ convenience store chain’s sponsorship is the longest-running sponsorship of any festival in the United States according to sponsorship analysis firm IEG.
This year’s QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, an international attraction featuring twice a day mass ascensions of 100 balloons from around the world with a major headlining concert series, launches July 24-25-26, 2015 at Solberg Airport in Readington. Attracting upwards of 165,000 people, it has been named one of the Top 100 Events in North America six times.
A market leader in food service with an exceptional fresh coffee and fresh food program that has been voted the best in America in a national survey, QuickChek has maximized its involvement with the Festival over the years to build its brand, introduce new menu items and showcase their award-winning customer service to a large audience.
The company has extended its sponsorship of this three day event into a nine month long partnership. Marketing programs and in-store branded promotions with its vendors drive added foot traffic into company stores, which serve as the Festival’s exclusive retail ticket outlet, and create savings opportunities for consumers on food, beverages and Festival tickets, in the months leading up to the Festival. 
“The balloon festival is our number one branding event,” said QuickChek CEO Dean Durling, whose company operates 140 locations throughout New Jersey and New York. “It has proven to be a great way to introduce consumers to our brand, either on site or in the months leading up to the festival in July. As the neighborhood shopping destination close to where our customers live and work, we enjoy partnering with our vendors to provide consumers with attractive offers in our stores, from exciting dining options to significant savings on festival tickets.” 
QuickChek’s huge 2,700-square-foot, air conditioned replica store is a favorite stop at the Festival, where attendees can enjoy custom made oven-toasted subs, premium salads and wraps, breakfast sandwiches, hot and iced coffees, and frozen drinks. The company’s enormous hospitality tent provides families with the opportunity to relax together in between balloon ascensions and headlining concerts. 
The Festival also provides QuickChek and The Festival Group, both of which have been named among the most generous companies in New Jersey, opportunities to be further involved in their home state.  
“This has been a true partnership from day one,” said Festival Executive Producer Howard Freeman. “We share the same goals, the same sense of family, of doing well by doing good. We’re proud to produce the greatest event of its kind in the world while raising funds for, and the spirits of, our local communities.”  
The Festival has raised more than $2.4 million for local charities, non-profit organizations and children’s hospitals since The Festival Group and QuickChek came together in 1993. The event has an economic impact of $42.7 million on the state’s travel and tourism and local economies and brings positive recognition to the state through the worldwide media attention it receives.
Tickets offering savings up to 43 percent go on sale at all QuickChek locations on Memorial Day. Tickets and additional information, including sponsorship, crafter and vendor opportunities, are also now available at www.balloonfestival.com. 
Russ Mensch
Mensch & Company, Inc.
Public Relations & Event Marketing
phone: 201-797-2448
email: [email protected]