FAIRS AND FESTIVALS

Great Falls Balloon Festival

Posted July 24, 2013, at 9:19 a.m.

Friday, August 16 to Sunday, August 18, 2013; 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: Simard-Payne Memorial Park, Oxford Street, Lewiston, Maine

Contact: Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce; (207) 783-2249 or (800) 639-6331

Website: greatfallsballoonfestival.org

The Great Falls Balloon Festival is hosting its 21st annual festival August 16-18, 2013, in Lewiston/Auburn, Maine, with a beach party themed weekend.

From Simard-Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine, visitors can enjoy the sight of dozens of hot air balloons as they take to the skies over the Androscoggin River and the rocky Great Falls. This year, Waddles the SnoBird and Claw’d the Crazy Crab are the special shapes headlining a weekend of hot air balloons, food, entertainment and fun for all ages.

Balloon launches are scheduled for 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., Friday through Sunday, weather permitting. It doesn’t have to be just a spectator sport either—arrange in advance to take a flight yourself! Call the Balloon Ride Line at (207) 782-2637 to book a ride today.

When the balloons aren’t floating overhead, there is still plenty to do: dozens of food booths serve everything from fried dough to taco salads, including breakfast for those early morning launches, all run by volunteers from local nonprofit groups. Along the walkway, which follows the river and winds along the edge of the festival grounds, craft and trade booths invite browsing and a children’s area entertains everyone from toddlers to tweens. Live music can be enjoyed throughout the day and night–from children’s shows and blues singers to jazz, pop, and oldies. A carnival, parade, and various demonstrations and contests round out the weekend’s events. And don’t miss Family Fun Day on Sunday!

Established in 1992 by a group of business people, civic leaders and friends, the mission of the Great Falls Balloon Festival is to provide fundraising opportunities to local nonprofit groups while celebrating our community and promoting the Lewiston/Auburn area as a visitor destination.

The cooperative efforts of the cities of Lewiston and Auburn, an army of volunteers and valued local businesses have grown the festival into a truly memorable event. The sight of dozens of hot air balloons in the skies over Lewiston/Auburn is a spectacular experience. With free admission, annual attendance above 100,000, financial impact in excess of $2,000,000 and tens of thousands of dollars raised by participating nonprofits, it is easy to see why the community eagerly anticipates the third weekend of August.

For more information, please visit www.greatfallsballoonfestival.org, find us on Facebook or call (207) 783-2249 or (800) 639-6331.

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