While weather prevented three of six flights from launching, the 15th Annual Crown of Maine Balloon Fest was a success. Pilots and passengers enjoyed the flights that did launch and vendors were pleased with their sales. The children’s activities on Saturday were well attended and enjoyed by the kids.
Next year will be the 16th Annual COMBF and planning for it has begun. We encourage spectators, vendors, volunteers, crew members and pilots to send any ideas or suggestions to the Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce for the 16th COMBF using the contact information below. New ideas are important to improving and making the COMBF a more enjoyable week.
The Crown of Maine Balloon Fest Committee is gearing up for the biggest festival yet– and what better way to celebrate our 15th year than with 15 hot air balloons?! To give you a taste of what to expect in August, take a look at these photos from the 2017 Crown of Maine Balloon Festival. See you soon!
The 14th Annual Crown of Maine Balloon Fest has come and gone. Our pilots did a superb job of flying our guests and VIP sponsors. As mentioned by all of the pilots, our flight crew volunteers were terrific and were spectacular in their dedication and performance. We thank everyone of them for helping make the COMBF a success. Even though two flights were cancelled and three flights had to launch remotely, the COMBF was a fun and exciting event. Thanks to the pilots who stayed through today, all missed flights were made for those passengers who could come back Sunday evening, Monday and today.
Some pilots may be flying tonight and if you want to see the launch be at the Northern Maine Fairgrounds by 5:30 PM to view the launch.
Also do not for get about the amatuer photography contest. Rules and entry forms are available at http://www.crownofmaineballoonfest.org/. There are cash prizes for the winners in both the over age 18 and under age 18 divisions.
Finally the 2017 COMBF pins and T-shirts are gone, but there are just a few COMBF calendars for 2018 left. Stop by the Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce office on Houlton Road pick up one, two or more calendars. They make excellent Christmas stocking stuffers according to Santa. Also next year’s 15th Annual COMBF dates are already marked on the calendar for you.
Be watching for more COMBF photos on the Crown of Maine Balloon Fest Facebook page and here on this website.
Hey – warm weather is nearly here and many folks are turning their minds to fun summer time activities. The Crown of Maine Balloon Fest in August is one of the outstanding events of the summer. Here is a blog link to a delightful blog article written about the COMB. http://visitaroostook.com/blog/i-cant-wait-for-the-balloon-fest/vtm41A1F290398B75611
The Tribirds balloon flown by Marcos Bonimcontro of Sao Paulo, Brazil was exciting to see flying over Presque Isle. This balloon was quite large and required a dozen volunteer ground crew members to inflate and deflate the balloon on each flight. Here are a few photos of the balloon.