SUNBURY — Dorothy never did get to ride in the Great and Powerful Oz’s balloon, but Valley residents have a chance for a ride this weekend.
Spyglass Ridge Winery is planning to host a Hot Air Balloon Festival Friday through Sunday, with live music, arts and craft vendors, and of course, balloon rides. There’s some uncertainty as Rockefeller Township accused the winery of violating zoning ordinances and barring the business from holding concerts and festivals. The winery is seeking an injunction to hold the Hot Air Balloon Festival and will keep ticket holders updated.
The winery hosted another hot air balloon show several years ago involving Geisinger Medical Center. Spyglass has had so many inquiries about that one that, when they were contacted by Endless Mountains Hot Air Balloons, they decided to host one again.
The event starts Friday at 5 p.m. with tethered balloon rides and Balloon Glow. The Billy Joel Experience, a tribute band, will perform around 6:30 p.m. “They’re really wonderful,” said Michelle Morgan, winery/brewery marketing manager.
During the concert, the hot air balloons will be set up on the hill with lights on them.
“It’s really a beautiful sight,” Morgan said. “They’re going to choreograph a light show with the balloons, too.”
Saturday starts bright and early with untethered balloon rides from 7:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. To purchase untethered balloon rides, please call 570-286-9911. Tethered balloon rides are available on Friday and Saturday at $20 per person on a first-come, first-served basis.
Live music on Saturday will be provided by the Gabe Stillman Band, Runaway Stroller and Whiskey Grin, and vendors will sell a variety of arts and crafts.
Sunday’s music will be provided by Celtic Wood & Wires, and Sasparilla.
“It’s just going to be a really nice morning into afternoon,” Morgan said, “with music on the stage, craft vendors and food trucks and our restaurant at the brewery will be open too.”
“What isn’t there to like about hot air balloons?” asked Tom Webb, owner of Spyglass Ridge Winery. “It’s family fun, and it’s something you don’t see often.”
“We want to make another great event at Spyglass,” Morgan said. “We love providing events like this for people in the area.”
Tickets for the Friday night concert and Balloon Glow, as well as the Saturday and Sunday Field Pass, are on sale at: https://myclicktickets.com/productlists/Q4GDPK00PGCS1.
To purchase untethered balloon rides ($225.00 per person, limited availability), call 570-286-9911.
Tethered balloon rides available on Friday and Saturday at $20 per person on a first-come, first-served basis.
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