Ready for takeoff! News 12 learns the ins and outs of hot air ballooning  

Every July, New Jersey holds the second largest hot air balloon festival in the country.

News 12 Staff

Jun 5, 2023, 11:19 AM

Updated 315 days ago

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Today is National Hot Air Balloon Day. It's a trip that many people have dreamed about but may be scared to try. 
News 12 New Jersey’s Rick Holmes visited Solberg Airport in Readington Township Monday where he boarded a hot air balloon. It was a little too windy to fly in the morning, so Holmes learned what it was like to stand inside a hot air balloon. Tom Russo with Brookside Ballooning showed how the hot air balloons get off the ground.  
New Jersey has a great history of ballooning. Solberg Airport is home to the New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning which takes place July 28 to 30. The festival's executive producer says it takes a year to plan.  
"We spend 365 days making magic of ballooning for the weekend of July 28-30. So when people come out here, the 175,000 balloonatics that we're going to have, they're going to have a great experience with their family," Howard Freeman said.  
The first festival was held at a truck stop in Bloomsbury in 1983. This year marks the 40th annual festival.
Tickets are available now. For tickets, visit balloonfestival.com


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