It’s a great weekend to get out and enjoy the many outdoor events planned.
The blue skies above Cambridge will be dotted with colorful balloons as the 20th annual Cambridge Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival returns to southern Washington County this weekend. To accompany the event, the Cambridge Lions will host a Hot Air Balloon Festival Car Show on Saturday afternoon with food and live music.
The Warrensburg Bike Rally also comes to town on Friday, kicking off a 10-day event at the Warren County Fairgrounds. In Lake George, the Empire State Towing & Recovery Association’s 38th Annual Towing Show will begin at 9 a.m. Friday and continue through Sunday at Charles R. Wood Park.
Join Chapman Museum employee Maureen Folk for a guided tour of select Glens Falls historic sites at 11 a.m. Friday. And the Warrensburg Riverfront Farmer’s Market will host the 12th annual Rhubarb Festival from 3-6 p.m. Friday.
Cambridge Valley Balloon Festival
CAMBRIDGE – The 20th annual Cambridge Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with balloon launches over the three days at Cambridge Central School. The event includes fireworks, a block party and a barbecue on Friday; a Moonglow on Saturday evening and a Drivers’ Breakfast on Sunday morning.
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Admission and parking are free. All hot air balloon events are FREE, including hot air balloon launches, fireworks, music and block party and the Moonglow. Tickets are required for the barbecue and brunch.
Launches may be canceled due to adverse weather conditions or winds. Most other events are rain or shine.
For more information and a schedule, go to https://cambridgenychamber.com/balloon-festival/.
Cambridge Lions Hot Air Balloon Festival
CAMBRIDGE – The Cambridge Lions will host a Hot Air Balloon Festival Car Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Patrick’s Church, 17 South Park St.
The event will feature Yushak’s Sausage Peppers and Onions, live music from Big Show Entertainment and awards in multiple categories including Best in Show and The People’ Champ.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. Pre-registration is also available.
Prize giving begins at 1:30 p.m.
Tickets are $15. Tickets are available through Eventbrite by Cambridge Lions Club. For more information, contact the Lions Club at [email protected]
Warrensburg Cycling Rally
WARRENSBURG — The 20th Warrensburg Bike Rally begins Friday and runs through June 12 at the Warren County Fairgrounds on Schroon River Road. Find deals and prices on all motorcycle products and services from the country’s best sellers.
Admission is free for this 10-day event.
For more information, visit www.warrensburgbikerally.com.
ESTRA Towing Show
LAKE GEORGE — The Empire State Towing & Recovery Association’s 38th Annual Towing Show begins at 9 a.m. Friday and runs through Sunday at Charles R. Wood Park, 17 Elizabeth Little Boulevard. The show will feature the latest truck equipment, accessories and demonstrations. There will also be a tow truck beauty contest, and the trucks on display will enter to qualify for Grand Champion, Most Unique Point and Most Detailed Engine.
Admission is free, but pre-registration is required. For more information, visit www.estratowshow.com.
Guided walking tour of downtown Glens Falls
GLENS FALLS – Join Chapman Museum employee Maureen Folk for a guided tour of select Glens Falls historic sites at 11 a.m. Friday and every Friday from June through August. The 1 mile tour will last 1-1.5 hours. Parking is available at the Chapman Museum, where the tour will begin.
Registration is mandatory. Dial 518-793-2826 to reserve a spot. Tours will cost $10 per person and payment is required at time of registration.
Warrensburg Rhubarb Festival
WARRENSBURG – The Warrensburg Riverfront Farmer’s Market will host the 12th annual Rhubarb Festival from 3-6 p.m. Friday at 176 River St.
Taste rhubarb and strawberry moonshine sweetened with local honey as well as whiskeys and other moonshines. Free entry.
Strand Theatre: Acoustic Showcase
HUDSON FALLS — The Strand Theater will host an acoustic showcase from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at 210 Main Street. Enjoy an evening of original songs from Marc Clayton, Alan Dunham and Liz Winge, Jonathan Newell, Megan Houde, Brandon Newell and Heather Richards.
Admission is $10. Tickets are available at the Strand box office; cash or check only. For more information or to reserve, call 518-832-3484.
Monster Truck Clash
EASTON — The Monster Truck Racing League superstars will be at the Washington County Fairgrounds at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 392 Old Schuylerville Road.
See some of the world’s best professional monster trucks go head-to-head in wheelies, donuts, full-throttle racing, and freestyle showdown with no time limit.
VIP tickets include access to the Monster Truck fan zone or you can purchase a fan zone pass online.
Children’s tickets start at $12 in advance. Adults cost between $15 and $20. Cash only at the door. To order tickets, go to www.facebook.com/events/4443214209026207/4985688161445473/.
POW/MIA Annual Service
LAKE GEORGE — The annual memorial service honoring POWs and MIAs from all past wars and conflicts will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. at Prospect Mountain, led by the Warren County American Legion. Admission to Memorial Highway will be free.
A reception will follow at American Legion Post 374 Route 9L. The place of rain is also American Legion Post 374.
Hartford Yoked Parish Players will perform the play “Complaint Department and Lemonade” Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m. at the South Hartford Church on Route 40 in South Hartford.
Tickets are $10. Reservations are required by calling 518-632-5711 or 518-632-5993.
Refreshments of lemonade, water and popcorn will be sold by Boy Scout Troop 40.
Gretta Hochsprung writes features and news from her hometown. She can be reached at 518-742-3206 or [email protected]