Hot Air Balloon Festival at Turf Valley in Ellicott City 2013

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 Here is another event that makes the Columbia and Ellicott City areas special!  The Turf Valley Resort Preakness Balloon Festival is a blast for adults and kids of all ages! 

The evening festival is Friday, May 17th from 4-9pm and the morning balloon launches are Friday and Saturday the 18th at 6:30 am.  The evening festival is really fun – food, crafts, music and you can take a balloon ride.  It’s tethered but still – what a treat!

 Turf Valley

 When my son was little and up really early in the morning –we would go to the festival for the 6:30 am balloon launch!  We’d roll out out bed, grab a cup of coffee (me not him) and watch fifteen huge, colorful hot air balloons float up into the sunrise! Even if you aren’t usually an early riser –once a year you have to do it!

For the evening events – you must park at the nearby
Howard County Fairgrounds and take a $5.00 shuttle over to the festival. For the morning launch – you can park at Turf Valley located at 2700 Turf Valley Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042. Check out their website for more details.

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Rob Thomas
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954
Ellie ...I've always wanted to be at one of these events ....have a great day!
May 15, 2012 02:15 AM
Steve and Jan Bachman
Realtors - Northern Virginia
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax

"Play local and love it"   Wow that is a great line! I am restraining myself mightily from pirating it.

May 17, 2012 02:21 PM
Paul Gapski
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Berkshire Hathaway / Prudential Ca Realty

Thank you for sharing your blog; we need Real estate Professionals to share their comments and information regarding their markets and experiences. Thanks again from beautiful Sunny San Diego

August 21, 2012 08:46 AM
Patricia Kennedy
For Your Home in the Capital
Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.

Ellie, wow! This could be an amazing ride, especially this time of the year. 

May 16, 2013 07:13 PM
Michelle Cooks
Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services

I always enjoyed the Balloon Festivals, and actually rode twice umm a little scary

May 16, 2013 08:04 PM

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I am a Maryland transplant from many other places, most recently Florida, but since 1997 I have found my true home in the heart of this great State. Maryland has it all. Mountains 3 hours to the West, the Atlantic Ocean 3 hours to the East and head North and South for either Philadelphia and New York or Washington DC. It is the perfect location! The Metro Baltimore area offers a rich mix of history and modern amenities. City living, suburbia or "not a neighbor in sight" is available in this area. Excellent Schools, amazing communities and an incredible location is why many people choose to live in Central Maryland. I proudly help my clients buy and sell all types of homes in Howard County and beyond. Enjoying the entire process is my goal for my clients. Every transaction is different and everyone has different needs. I know the Metro Baltimore area well and I am current on the Real Estate Market activity- That's my job. As your "Buyers Agent" I will work diligently to find you the home that suits all your needs. I will update you immediately when a home matches your search criteria. I will educate you on the current market and help you craft the best offer possible. I will "hold your hand" throughout the entire process. As your "Listing Agent" I will coach and guide you from day one to put your best foot forward when you list your home. I will use aggressive and innovative marketing strategies to give your home the best exposure possible. I will use modern technology and multiple resources that other agents do not use. I WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH PROOF OF ALL MY EFFORTS. I am a full time agent and I my number one goal is to give you exceptional service ALWAYS.