By Robin Alberti
A group slowly begins its ascent in a hot air balloon during the Quechee festival.
June 15-17—QUECHEE— The 39th Quechee Hot Air Balloon Craft and Music Festival is set to take over the Quechee Village for its colorful festival taking place annually over Father’s Day weekend, June 15, 16 and 17. About 20 hot air balloons with five flights will highlight the event.
Gates open at 3 p.m. on Friday; and 5:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Live music, kids’ activities, VINS demonstrations, dancers, Pups in the Air disc dogs, sky diving team demonstrations, parachute demonstrations, the Kids’ Zone, and dusk balloon glows will fill the weekend. Festival vendors will fill the grounds with flowers, food and drinks, wine, jewelry, art, and so much more. Make a day of it, or come back each day of the weekend. Admission is $15 for adults (13+); $5 for children ages 6-12; and free for kids age 5 and under. On Father’s Day, June 17, dads get in for $10 when accompanied by kids. Parking is by donation, on the field adjacent to the festival. Dogs and bicycles are not allowed on festival grounds (service dogs only).
The event has been recognized as a Top 10 Summer Event for 2018 by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.
For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit quecheeballoonfestival.com.