READINGTON, NJ — This Friday, we’re taking the PIX11 Morning Show on the road to the Garden State. We’ll be spending the morning celebrating zipcode 08889 at a hot air balloon festival!
Located in Readington, New Jersey, the Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning is an annual hot air balloon festival that took flight in the summer of 1983.
To this day, the event is the largest summertime hot air balloon festival in North America, and is also the premiere family entertainment attraction in New Jersey.
The festival features live bands, carnival rides, and fireworks. Famous artists from the Beach Boys to the Jonas Brothers to Demi Lovato have performed on the festival stage.
Guests attending can expect to see up to 100 unique and exotic hot air balloons soar through the sky.
Portions of all proceeds from the event are donated to the Children’s Miracle Network, funding three pediatric hospitals in New Jersey.
Learn more: http://www.balloonfestival.com/
Video produced by Elle Spektor and Michael Lee.
Below see some of our favorite segments from the show:
HOMETOWN HERO: The “Dr. of hot air” Howard Freeman has been involved in the New Jersey Festival of Ballooning for 26 years, and helped donate millions during that time. “We believe that we can do well by doing good” he says of his charity work.
HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES: Ever wondered what it is like to take a ride in a hot air balloon? QuickChek's festival of ballooning includes many different shapes and sizes of speciality hot air balloons including an american flag, Elvis Presley , a blue puppy, saxophone and more.
THE HUMAN CANNONBALL: David Smith Jr. holds the world record for the furthest distance and highest human cannonball. The human cannonball is performance in which a person acts as the "cannonball" and is ejected from a specially designed "cannon".
BALLOON AND TUNES: Russ Mensch, the media director of the QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning tells us what we can expect from this weekend. Did you know that balloons typically take off at 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., when winds are at their calmest?