CAMBRIDGE – The Cambridge Balloon Committee is gearing up for its 18th Annual Cambridge Valley Balloon Festival, set for Friday, June 1 through Sunday, June 3, 2018, in and around the beautiful historic village of Cambridge, NY.
     The Cambridge Valley Chamber of Commerce Balloon Committee is putting together the schedule of activities, which will include launches of hot air balloons (Friday & Saturday evening and Saturday & Sunday morning).  Launches will be back at Cambridge Central School this year, with evening launches typically occur around 7 p.m.; morning launches at 5:30 a.m. (weather and wind permitting).
     Between the launches, the Cambridge community throws out the red carpet and provides a myriad of activities to entertain the crowds.  We are still working on details for 2018, but many of these events will happen again.
    Friday night will feature some new events, including a Block Party and Candlestick glow on Main Street.  There will also be a fantastic fireworks display on Friday evening at the Mansion Park on South Union Street, sponsored by community businesses and individuals, to be named in future press releases. We still need sponsors!   
On Saturday, the Cambridge 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 at the Cambridge American Legion on Rt. 22.   This is a great opportunity to meet the pilots and discuss the details of ballooning with the experts.
     Local organizations augment the festival with activities to entertain crowds between the launches and to showcase the Cambridge community.  In the Village including a craft fair, farmers’ market, museum tour, concerts, car show and other events.  Bring your friends and family and enjoy the festive activities surrounding the festival and car show, plus food and craft vendors. You can also find our Cambridge Chamber of Commerce booth downtown by the Lion’s Club Car Show.
     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, 2017.
          Sponsors are crucial to the success of the balloon festival and they are what make it possible for the event to occur free of charge. Sponsors truly make it happen!  Please consider even a small sponsorship to be a part of the success!
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. CLICK HERE 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 in press releases and at the event as fireworks sponsors.
Festival themed merchandise is available for sale beginning in late May. These items support the festival and help make it possible.
     For information on Cambridge, or the balloon festival, call 518-677-0887

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