A hot air balloon festival will take off over Dansville |

DANSVILLE – The 41st Annual New York State Balloon Festival continues throughout the weekend with a host of activities planned at Dansville Municipal Airport.

Hot air balloon launches are scheduled for today and Sunday. There will be music, food vendors, and arts and crafts displays each day.

The festival opened on Friday and includes a “glow” balloon at 7 p.m. today and Sunday. During a balloon glow, the balloons are inflated but remain attached to the ground. The flame inside illuminates the balloon, creating a stunning spectacle. A balloon launch was scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday. Additional launches are scheduled for 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. today and Sunday, and 6 a.m. Monday.

It’s important to remember, organizers note, that balloon launch times are estimates and based on the weather. A launch may be postponed or canceled due to adverse weather conditions in the region such as rain, fog or high winds at different altitudes.

Launch updates begin approximately one hour before the scheduled launch on the Festival’s Facebook page.

The best time for hot air balloons to fly is just after sunrise and just before sunset. This is when the winds tend to be the calmest.

Desirable wind speeds are less than 8 mph, but balloonists should also be concerned with wind speeds in the upper levels of the atmosphere, which can be two or three times faster than surface winds. Pilots, balloon meister and other officials meet within half an hour before each scheduled launch to discuss conditions such as wind speed – both at ground level and aloft – visibility and conditions in nearby locations such as storms to determine if it is safe to proceed with a launch.

Since 1997, the Dansville Balloon Festival has been designated the New York State Balloon Festival.

The festival grounds will open at 10 a.m. today and Sunday. Admission is $5 per person over 12, while children under 12 are admitted free.

The festival includes tethered balloon rides, ongoing entertainment, rides and games for children, arts and crafts vendors and an international food court.

The Dansville Fire Department will feature the Fire Dog hot air balloon. The department will also showcase its new equipment and present an interactive fire safety exhibit from 2-5 p.m. today. Visitors will also be able to meet Sparky the dog and his friends.

The festival hosts a car show on Sunday. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and includes six classes: Cars, 4x4s/ATVs, Trucks, Jeeps, Motorcycles, and Special Interest Vehicles such as Dune Buggies, Kit Cars, and Illegal Vehicles. Judging is scheduled for 2 p.m. For more information about the show, including registration information, go to https://nysfob.com/car-show/.

The schedule includes:

Saturday September 3

6 a.m. to 8 a.m. — Launch

6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. — Hot Air Balloon Sales

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. — Food court

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Arts and crafts fair

1 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Rides and entertainment for children

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. — Pick up of 5K Swag Bag in the welcome tent

1 to 1:30 p.m. — The Indian River Olde Time Lumberjack Show

2 p.m. to 5 p.m. — Dansville Fire Department, Interactive Fire Safety

2 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Concert, booming

3-3:30 p.m. — The Indian River Olde Time Lumberjack Show

4 to 6 p.m. — Balloon sales

5-5:30 p.m. — The Indian River Olde Time Lumberjack Show

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Home towers

6 to 7 p.m. — Evening launch

6 to 8 p.m. — Southern Tier All Star Jazz Band

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. — Static Balloon Display/GLOW

7:00-7:30 p.m. — The Indian River Olde Time Lumberjack Show

Sunday September 4

6 a.m. to 8 a.m. — Launch

6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. — Hot Air Balloon Sales

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. — Food court

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Arts and crafts fair

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Auto, Truck and Motorcycle Show

1 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Rides and entertainment for children

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. — Pick up 5,000 loot bags in the hospitality tent

1 to 1:30 p.m. — The Indian River Olde Time Lumberjack Show

4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Concert – south direction

4 to 6 p.m. — Balloon sales

5-5:30 p.m. — The Indian River Olde Time Lumberjack Show

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Home towers

6 to 7 p.m. — Evening launch

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. — Static Balloon Display/GLOW

monday september 5

6 a.m. to 8 a.m. — Launch

6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. — Hot Air Balloon Sales

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