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Dawn Hot-Air Balloon Festival-Rhinebeck
Saturday, July 7, 2018, 5:00 AM until 10:00 AM
Every year, a balloon festival is hosted on a summer weekend in the Hudson River Valley, and some of CCCW's intrepid members make their way to the sunrise launch, which provides dramatic photography, as the balloons set up on ground with fire-breathing displays as they inflate and stand against the dark sky, and then 20+ balloons all rise en masse into the dawn sky. Once in a while clouds and wind wreck it all, but usually it is spectacular.
For details, check the link here
. This year, Rhinebeck is hosting, and we suggest Saturday sunrise
launch (if it rains, then switch to Sunday
). It is free for those who arrive for the sunrise launches -- and a sunrise launch means arriving in darkness at 5AM
(the balloons launch as the sun rises at about 6AM
). They usually have coffee, donuts and other festival food etc. Kindly let us know by reply email if you plan to go or register here at the website, so we know who to look for at the event. If you want to get or give a ride, let Heidi know that also, so we can help matchmaking.