Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival Launches Today

(Rhinebeck, NY)--The Hudson Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival launches today.During the three-day festival, presented by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, 25 balloonists plan to be involved in more than 100 launches weather permitting.The base of operations for the Balloon Festival is the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck.

Mass balloon launches are planned at 6 tonight, tomorrow night and Sunday night and at 6am tomorrow and Sunday mornings. Gates open at 4pm today and the festival also includes live music, food trucks and other vendors, helicopter rides and many family friendly games. More information is available at or by calling the At&T Balloon Hotline at (845) 454-1701.

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