BALLOONS-BRIDGES and BREWS...2019 Lancaster Balloon Festival

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Sheetz #558

2425 Old Philadelphia Pike · Lancaster, PA

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At 6:30 AM we'll meet at Sheetz #558, 2425 Old Philadelphia Pike...grab a quick cup of Joe and head to the Festival Site just down the road. The Launch has been re-scheduled for 7:00 AM.

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This is an early riser event. You know what they say about the early birds...Carlisle MINIacs get ready for this will be great!

The lift off has been pushed back to 7:00 AM so we get a few extra ZZZss before we experience this traditional ballooning Hound & Hare Race. A single balloon takes off before the rest as the remaining give chase and try to catch up. When the first balloon reaches its final destination, they will drop a marker to the ground and the chasing balloons test their stills to land as close to the mark as they can.

The fun doesn’t stop there – As the first set of racers take off from the festival grounds, the second set of racers will giving chase toward the festival grounds. Spectators will get to see both launch and landing of these highly skilled balloon teams.

Balloon Chasing – If you are more of the adventurous type and want to experience the gentle, winding back-country roads and lanes of Lancaster County, you can even chase after the balloon teams.

Updated schedule of events:

7:00 AM Balloon Launch and Hound & Hare Race

We'll leave the Balloon Festival after the Hound and Hare Race and head down the road less traveled. There are Covered Bridges, beautiful farms, winding roads (all in great condition) and more than a few Road Apples.

We will wind up in Columbia at the Kettle Works. Some of you may know this place...Good food and libations! Shooting to be arrive there around Noon.