This year’s Crown of Maine Balloon Fest was a success! 5 for 6 Flights – 15 Fantastic Balloons – Excellent Pilots and Hard Working Volunteer Crews. Thanks to our sponsors who made this COMBF possible and Thanks to all the spectators who came out to enjoy the balloons. While we wanted to launch all the balloons from the fairgrounds, Mother Nature will not let us control the winds. The pilots ride those winds in ways to allow the passengers and spectators to safely enjoy what is many a life changing event. The COMBF committee is equally disappointed in the Sunday morning flight cancellation due to poor weather. However the balloons in the air over central Aroostook County the other five flights were enjoyed by all.
Pilots and the COMBF volunteers make the balloons fly. Together they are key components of the Crown of Maine Balloon Fest. Their number concern is a safe flight. Last night pilots and volunteer crew members came together for field safety training led by Floyd Rockholt, COMBF Chair and Megan Stanley, Pilot and Crew Coordinator. Here are a few scenes from the evening.