Balloon festival hits Northumberland County

ROCKEFELLER TOWNSHIP, NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- This weekend you can get carried up, up, and away by a beautiful balloon.

It's a balloon festival that's a first of its kind happening in Northumberland County.

On Saturday morning, rows of grapes won't be the only things in the fields of the Spyglass Ridge Winery. Massive two and a half ton hot air balloons will be dancing in the wind for the first Dream Big Hot Air Balloon Festival.

"I think the highlight will be just watching the balloons and just seeing everyone here with their families enjoying just a great day," says Tom Sokola, the Chief Administrative Officer for Geisinger Central Region.

Eyewitness News Reporter Lauren Hensley got a life from the Chase family in June. They'll be there with their balloon.

Admission is $25 to take a ride this weekend. That money will support the comprehensive breast cancer program.

"What we would like to do is also build a facility, an actual breast center, which we don't quite have yet," says Dr. Rosemary Leeming, Director of the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program. "We are going to be using money towards that and also going to be using money towards programs and equipment and that kind of thing."

Sky high dreams for making a healthier community.

Gates open at 6:30 Saturday morning. The day starts with a pancake breakfast followed by balloon rides launching in the morning and a second launch in the afternoon.


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