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North Conway Balloon Festival Weekend, June 11-13

Festival includes rides, receptions and special retail/dining opportunities

The North Conway Village Association will present the North Conway Balloon Festival Weekend on June 11 through 13. (Julia Freeman Woolpert Photo). (click for larger version)
June 10, 2010
Eight hot-air balloons are expected to participate in the event. Tethered balloon rides will take place in Schouler Park and will cost $10 for adults and $5 for children, while one-hour balloon rides will also be available for $175 per person and launch from several sites, depending upon wind and weather conditions.

To complement the balloon rides on Saturday, and to further lift the spirits of children, helium balloons will be given to kids and the Mount Washington Observatory will offer a special "balloon program" at the Weather Discovery Center at 10:30 a.m. and again at 1 p.m., along with their usual programs.

The Kennett High School Mineral Springs Brass Ensemble will be on hand to add energetic musical entertainment with performances at 1 and 3 p.m. In addition, the M & D Theater Company will be performing skits from "A Streetcar Named Desire" at 2 and 4 p.m.

Interested flyers will meet in Schouler Park during the specified hours. Advance reservations for one-hour flights are highly recommended due to limited availability and can be made through the North Conway Village Association by contacting Howard Stanten online at howard@metcoffeehouse.com or at 356-2332. It is important to note that weather plays an important role in ballooning, and all activities may be postponed or rescheduled due to wind and weather conditions.

Two drawings will take place featuring one prize package geared toward couples and another for families. The family prize pack is open to those staying in participating Mt Washington Valley lodging properties for one or more nights, including Attitash Grand Summit Hotel, Colonial Motel, Cranmore Inn, Eastern Inns, Eastern Slope Inn, Golden Gables Inn, The Spruce Moose, Cranmore Mountain Lodge, and Golden Gables Inn. Ask for the family prize drawing forms from participating lodging properties. Romance prize entries will be distributed at the Friday night reception at Rafferty's. Prizes include gift certificates, merchandise, travel opportunities and more.

Look forward to the following activities taking place throughout the North Conway Balloon Festival:

Friday, June 11

5 p.m. on — "Lifting Spirits:" Village activities in and around Schouler Park with retail and dining opportunities.

6 to 9 p.m. — Hot-air balloon rides and tethered balloon rides at Schouler Park.

8 to 10 p.m. — "Love is in the Air," couples reception and drawing at Rafferty's. Entry fee of $25, includes one drink, appetizers and prize entry.

Saturday, June 12

6 to 9 a.m. — Hot-air balloon rides.

8:30 to 11 a.m. — Tethered balloon rides at Schouler Park.

10 a.m. — "Balloons over the Valley" family adventure drawing at Schouler Park.

All Day in the Park — "Lifting Spirits" village activities in and around Schouler Park with musical, theatrical, and educational activities along with retail and dining opportunities.

10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. — Balloon program at MW Observatory Weather Discovery Center.

2 and 4 p.m. — "Streetcar Named Desire," presented by M&D Theater Company.

4 to 6 p.m. — "Meet the Balloonists" social at The Met.

5:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Tethered balloon rides at Schouler Park.

6 to 8:30 p.m. — Hot-air balloon rides.

8 to 10 p.m. — Coffee and dessert social with musical entertainment at The Met.

8:30 to 9:30 p.m. — "Balloon Glow" in Schouler Park.

Sunday, June 13

6 to 9 a.m. — Hot-air balloon rides.

All Morning in the Park — "Lifting Spirits" village activities in and around Schouler Park with tethered balloon rides and retail and dining opportunities.

The North Conway Balloon Festival is sponsored by Amerigas, OVP at Settlers' Green, River Run Inc., Story Land, Varsity Beverage, Northway Bank, and Zeb's General Store. The event would not be possible without the support of these business partners.

For more information, visit www.mtwashingtonvalley.org and click on the balloon icon or call 1-800-DO-SEE-NH (800-367-3364). To make reservations for balloon rides, contact Howard Stanten online at howard@metcoffeehouse.com or at 356-2332.

Martin Lord & Osman
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