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Ideal weather for hot air balloon flight consists of clear skies with good visibility, light winds on the surface, and moderate winds aloft (less than 25 knots at 9,000 ft above sea level). Pilots also look for good wind direction, generally winds out of the west, no cold front activity in the area, no precipitation in the forecast, and no forecast of developing windy conditions through the morning hours. Moderate temperatures also play a role as very hot temperatures affect balloon performance and safety.
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Hot air balloon weather conditions are contingent upon many factors including wind, clouds, fog, and rain. If there is inclement weather that prohibits safe flying, we will post an update on our Frederick In Flight website event page, add a News & Highlights news flash on the website homepage, and post on social media (Facebook and Twitter) as soon as we are notified by the Hot Air Balloon event producer and FAA. Cancellation of the morning events can come at any time before scheduled lift-offs at 6 am.
Yes! You can sponsor a balloon for the event. The "Bucket List" sponsorship is $400 and includes a flight for two people (maximum) in a hot air balloon during one morning lift off. Anyone can sponsor a balloon, including a business, organization, or people.
Balloon lift-off is weather-dependent, and you run the risk of cancellation. Sponsorship is non-refundable. Fill out the online Event Sponsor Form or call 720.382.5513 to lift off!
Yes! You can bring your fur baby on a leash. Please be aware events can be crowded and noisy. If your pup is hard to control or easily excited, Town events may not be a good idea.
Yes! Some of the tastiest local restaurants will be landing their vendors in Centennial Park for Frederick in Flight. Breakfast vendors start at 5 am on June 25 and 26. Breakfast vendors include:
On June 25 at 5 pm there will be food vendors at our Balloon Bash.Food vendors include:
Our hot air balloons are scheduled to go up around 6 am (weather permitting) so we recommend bundling up a bit! Bring a hat, gloves, and get a hot cup of coffee from our coffee vendor in the park, Redemption Road Coffee.
No! The Town of Frederick is happy to provide its residents community events that everyone can participate in. Information Station Pre-Party, Frederick in Flight hot air balloon watching, and Saturday night Balloon Bash, are all free to attend.
If you would like to support our events, our market vendors will be at Centennial Park on June 24 for a small town market. Local food vendors will be at Frederick in Flight's balloon liftoffs and Balloon Bash offering excellent food on June 25 and 26.
If you would like to ride in a hot air balloon and support our pilots, you can become a Frederick in Flight Sponsor!
Being a balloon-friendly property means allowing hot air balloons to land on your land. How will hot air balloons know that you're a balloon-friendly property? Here are a few criteria to consider:
Safe landing area parameters for landowners who would like balloons landing on their property:
Thank you for considering making your property available for hot air balloon landings. If balloons land on your property, we hope you come out and introduce yourselves to the pilots and crews.