Annual Balloonfest soars into Lycoming County

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LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Organizers of an airshow and balloon festival in Lycoming County had to think quick after windy conditions forced a scheduling change.

“Today obviously we’ve been hit with some weather challenges, wind sheers particularly. And that has had us move up our airshow part of the day,” Balloonfest event chair Sandy Spencer said.

Mother Nature threw a curveball at this year’s Balloonfest and Airshow. Organizers had to shift the airshow performers to earlier in the day, and cancel some of the colorful hot air balloon activities. Visitors say it was a bit disappointing, but were happy just to be outside and enjoy normal activities again.

“Just getting out and being able to experience some of what it was prior to COVID. Being able to walk around and see faces. People watching is always fun,” Misty Leonard of Montgomery said.

After over a year of COVID shutdowns, many are savoring the last stretch of summer.

“Again bittersweet because I like being out in the public. I think over the last year and half people didn’t realize how much we liked going out and doing things and being around our families,’ Cameran Erb of Danesville said.

Balloonfest, airshow and so much more was one of the few events in the area that wasn’t canceled last year. Vendors say business during the pandemic has been tough, but the two-day fair was a success.

“It was nice, it was a better feel than last year. Being able to do things and just being able to be out in the trailer again was a plus,” vendor Dakota Brown said.

“It’s like people don’t realize how much they appreciate freedom until they don’t have it. And that’s the big thing,” vendor Ron Vonada said.

Next year’s Balloonfest is already being planned. To learn more about participating, visit balloonfestairshow.com.

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