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The Plainville hot air balloon festival will not fly this year

PLAINVILLE, CT (WFSB) – A popular hot air balloon festival will no longer take off this year.

The Plainville Fire Company hot air balloon festival has been canceled for 2022, organizers announced Monday.

“Due to extenuating circumstances resulting from the two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will not be feasible this year,” they said in a press release. “The event, which typically brings together over 50,000 people in a weekend, takes a tremendous amount of time and effort to plan and execute. Coordinating balloonists, vendors, fireworks, food shipments, buses, and other amenities takes almost the entire year, and that was just impossible to implement for 2022.”

Organizers said the amount of time, effort and coordination between the Volunteer Fire Company, Plainville Police, and the Parks and Recreation, Roads, and Buildings and Grounds departments is staggering.

“The public doesn’t realize how much happens in a single weekend,” said PFC captain William Gammon, Plainville Fire Company. “We hope to be able to offer it in the future, but time will tell.”

The 2022 event marked the third year in a row that it has been cancelled.

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