New York August 02, 2018
There’s Nothing Better Than This Unique Balloon Festival In New York
New York is known for having some pretty jaw-dropping balloon festivals that happen all around our state, but one thing people may not know about is that one of the country’s best balloon rallies is right here in the Southern Tier. Taking place on August 3rd, 4th, and 5th – find out why you’ll want to plan a trip to Binghamton this weekend for a delicious event that you’ll love!
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Kicking off at 3 p.m. on Friday, this year marks the 34th annual Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally in Binghamton.
Combining our love for Spiedies with the excitement of hot air balloons, this festival combines the best of both worlds down in the Southern Tier.
Taking place right in Otsiningo Park, on Friday walk-up admission to the park is free to all who come to join in on the fun.
Throughout the weekend you'll find the park lined with all sorts of vendors, also featuring live music, a craft show, midway rides, and even demonstrations from the folks of New York's Corning Glass Museum.
While the star of this festival is undoubtedly the Spiedie, you'll also find other food vendors here during the weekend and even a Taste of New York tent where you can sample local alcoholic beverages.
For younger guests, you can expect to enjoy rides, games, a large Ferris wheel, and even a Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park tent where you can pet, feed, and meet animals from the zoo!
The American Cruisers Car Club of Binghamton also puts on a car show where you'll find an array of vintage cars on display at the festival.
Now onto the Spiedies! At 1 p.m. on Sunday (the last day of the festival) there will be a Spiedie Contest that's open to the public.
Residents and local celebrities participate in the contest each year, working to win awards and show off their skills when it comes to making the best Spiedie.
The Spiedie Contest has a total of 5 categories - beef, lamb, poultry, venison, and best presentation that participants will have a shot at winning an award for. Yum!
The first balloon launch of the weekend will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday - weather permitting as always.
Throughout the entire weekend, there will be a total of four balloon launches, with a Night Glow at 9 p.m. on Friday where balloons will inflate and glow but not take off from the ground.
Visitors who come on Saturday can look up into the sky at both 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. to see the day's balloon launches, with the festival opening for the day at 8 a.m.
For the morning balloon launches that will take place this weekend, Otsiningo Park will open up at 6 a.m.
The fourth and final balloon launch that you'll have the opportunity to see will be at 7 a.m. on Sunday - the perfect way to start the day and say farewell to this festival!
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For visitors who attend the festival on Friday, walk-up admission will be free of charge. Visitors who choose to attend the festival on Saturday and Sunday will be charged $5 dollars for walk-up admission, with visitors 8-years-old and younger attending for free. To find out more about the Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally,
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