Glens Falls received some recognition last week from CNN for hosting the Adirondack Balloon Festival. The article mentions Glens Falls as one of the top seven breathtaking balloon adventures in the world. Between the views for spectators seeing all the balloons in the air at once and for pilots to see the beautiful fall foliage in the Adirondacks, what is there not to like?
The article rates the festival as being in the same class as the International Balloon Festival of Sait-Jean-sur-Richelieu in Quebec, Canada and the Alburquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Both are two of the world's largest balloon festivals held every year.
The festival is great for balloon pilots and some lucky passengers to be able to see the Adirondacks, Green Mountains in Vermont, Hudson River and the Catskills all from a birds eye view. Some pilots allow spectators to arrange flights privately with them. The visitors from the ground have the chance to see about 100 balloons lift off (weather-permitting) and float into sky with the Adirondacks in the background.
This will be the 40th anniversary for the Adirondack Balloon Festival and runs from September 20 through 23. Balloons will be launching from Crandall Park in Glens Falls, and Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport in Queensbury.