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The Cambridge community is gearing up for its 14th Annual Cambridge Valley Balloon Festival, set for Friday, June 6 through Sunday, June 8, 2014, in and around the beautiful historic village of Cambridge, NY.

The Cambridge Valley Chamber of Commerce, organizer of the event, is putting together the schedule of activities, which will include four launches of 10 hot air balloons (Friday & Saturday evening and Saturday & Sunday morning). All launches take place at the Cambridge Central School on Route 22 (wind and weather permitting). Evening launches typically occur around 7 p.m.; morning launches at 5:30 a.m.

 

LOTS TO DO FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Between the launches, the Cambridge community throws out the red carpet and provides a myriad of activities to entertain the crowds.

Community businesses, through the Chamber, host a fantastic fireworks display on Friday evening at the Cambridge Guest Home Park on South Union Street.

On Saturday, the Chamber organizes a “Taste of Cambridge” at the same location to showcase local food producers and restaurants. The “Taste” is followed by the annual Moon Glow, a spectacular night time display of tethered hot air balloons that are lit from inside in time to music.

Sunday brings an end to the official festival activities with a Pilots Breakfast (location to be announced). This is a great opportunity to meet the pilots and discuss the details of ballooning with the experts.

COMMUNITY SPONSORED EVENTS

Local organizations augment the festival with activities to entertain crowds between the launches and to showcase the Cambridge community. At the school location there are rides, carnival games, food vendors, and sporting events.

In the Village, activities such as craft fairs, farmers’ markets, museum tours, concerts, car show and gallery events occur.     Information will be posted on the Chamber website.  The Chamber will also distribute a commemorative program and a schedule of events in May.

Organizations wanting to be included on the official schedule of events must send information IN WRITING to PO Box 405, Cambridge, NY 12816 or via e-mail to cambridgechamber@gmail.com. The deadline to be included is May 15, 2014.

 

SUPPORT FOR THE FESTIVAL

Festival themed merchandise is available for sale beginning in late May. These items support the festival and make it possible for most activities to occur free of charge.

Sponsors are also crucial to the success of the balloon festival. Opportunities range from sponsorship of an entire balloon ($1000-you get two free rides along with free tickets to pilot events) to event sponsorships ($500-$200). Gold and silver sponsorships are available for $100 and $50, respectively. Visit the website for sponsorship information or call 518-677-0887.

Donations toward the fireworks are always needed and welcome. To help keep this fantastic display a part of our annual event, send donations in any denomination to CVCC – Fireworks, PO Box 405, Cambridge, NY 12816. Individuals or businesses making gifts of $300 or more will be acknowledged at the event as fireworks sponsors.

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