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We would like to thank everyone for joining us in 2016 and making our 35th year an amazing one! There are so many we are thankful for: The thousands of people who came to be a part of the festival, the wonderful vendors, local businesses & organizations, our local law enforcement & emergency personel, the local media, our classic car show organizers and participants, our balloonists and their crews as well as the musicians that entertained us.
We would also like to extend a very special thank you to the Dansville Festival of Balloons Committee for their tireless efforts year after year to bring this amazing event to our community and Western NY as a whole. Your dedication and countless hours of work are truly appreciated. Thank you all!

Our 36th Anniversary
New York State Festival of Balloons
Labor Day Weekend -- August 31st- September 4, 2017
Dansville Municipal Airport- entrance on Maple Street
Dansville, NY 14437

Rides & Games for Children
Tethered Balloon Rides
Continuous Entertainment

Entrance Fee $5.00 per person - Children under 12 Free

This event is organized and staffed solely by community volunteers. In 1997 the Dansville Balloon Festival was designated as the New York State Festival of Balloons. The festival features:

  • Six scheduled launches beginning Friday, 6 PM, Saturday and Sunday 6 AM & 6 PM, Monday 6 AM
  • Arts & Crafts Vendors
  • International Food Court
  • Free Entertainment
  • Rides & Amusements for children
  • Car Show

Free Balloon GLOW on Thursday beginning at 7 PM.

The goal of the festival is to provide entertainment and enjoyment to our spectators, bring visitors to our community, and share our profits with local charities. Over the years an average of 35,000 spectators per year visit our valley to enjoy the festival.
The success of prior festivals made it possible to share profits with local charities and organizations.

The beauty of an early morning flight is breathtaking as balloons gracefully float over our valley. The thrill of a mass evening launch is a real crowd pleaser. For those passengers taking their first flight, wonderful thoughts and memories will long endure.

Though we are one of the largest events of its type, The New York Festival of Balloons, is a great deal more than hot air balloons. Take a look at the SCHEDULE OF EVENTS for this coming Labor Day Weekend and you will agree that there is something for everyone all weekend long at the N.Y.S.F.O.B.

Contacts for further information:
Arts and Crafts - Mary Ann Holden
Balloon Pilots - Gerri Waight
Balloon Rides - Gerri Waight
Camping - Vicki Holland email
Car Show - Larry and Phyllis Greene 585-335-8468
Food Concessions - Vicki Holland email
Schedule of Events - Gerri Waight
General Information - Dorothy Hotchkiss
Advertising Opportunities - Dorothy Hotchkiss
Entertainment - Dorothy Hotchkiss
Volunteering - Dorothy Hotchkiss


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Dansville Municipal Airport
Festival entrance is on Maple Street
Dansville, NY 14437
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