PLAINVILLE – The Plainville Fire Company announced Monday that the Hot Air Balloon Festival will not take off this year.
It will be the third year in a row that the festival, which was previously held annually at Norton Park, has been banned.
“Due to extenuating circumstances resulting from the two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will not be feasible this year,” said Capt. William Gammon of the Plainville Fire Company. “The event, which typically sees more than 50,000 people in a weekend, takes an enormous amount of time and effort to plan and execute. The coordination of balloonists, vendors, fireworks, food shipments , buses and other amenities takes almost the whole year, and it was just impossible to implement for 2022.”
Gammon said the hot air balloon festival takes a “staggering” amount of time, effort and coordination between the volunteer fire company, the Plainville Police Department and the parks and recreation, roads and buildings departments and lands.
“Audiences don’t realize how much happens in a single weekend,” he said. “We hope to be able to offer it in the future, but time will tell.”
For the past few years, the Balloon Festival has included lots of vendors, a balloon glow, fireworks, a vintage car show and the opportunity to have hot air balloon rides with balloonists from the Lighter than Company. Air.