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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Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
Ellie, one of these days I too will attend a hot air balloon festival. I just love the way these great giants move through the sky almost silently and so colorful. Hope you will have fun!
May 08, 2012 07:06 PM #1
Kelly McGovern
William Raveis Prime - Bellingham, MA
Working with Kelly is a good move!

How fun! I've always wanted to see them in person.  If I were close to one I'd be there for sure.  I wonder if there are any events like this in New England?  I'll have to google it :)  Have fun!

May 08, 2012 07:29 PM #2
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land at LA

Hi Ellie...Great job spreading the word about this fun event.  Hot air balloons are beautiful.  The colors against a blue sky adds to the visual and the fun of going up, even for a tether ride, is something to remember.  We were lucky enough to go to the Big Lift Off in Albuquerque a number of years ago and will never forget it.

You're having wonderful weather for this so hope they are having a wonderful turnout.


May 12, 2012 04:38 PM #3
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro
Ellie ...I've always wanted to be at one of these events ....have a great day!
May 15, 2012 02:15 AM #4
Steve and Jan Bachman
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
Realtors - Northern Virginia

"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 #5
Paul Gapski
Berkshire Hathaway / Prudential Ca Realty - El Cajon, CA
619-504-8999,#1 Resource SD Relo

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

Aug 21, 2012 08:46 AM #6
Patricia Kennedy
Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc. - Washington, DC
For Your Home in the Capital

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

May 16, 2013 07:13 PM #7
Michelle Cooks
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pace, FL
Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management

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

May 16, 2013 08:04 PM #8
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