GLENS FALLS, N.Y. >> The Adirondack Balloon Festival needs volunteers to help inflate the many large special-shaped balloons coming to this year’s event from all over the country.
A training session is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at Floyd Bennett Memorial (Warren County) Airport in Queensbury.
The festival is from Thursday, Sept. 21 to Sunday, Sept. 24.
“The special shaped balloons are quite heavy and complicated to inflate,” said Mark Donahue, festival president. “Some require eight to 10 people to help the pilot with inflation and deflation process.”
One of this year’s featured balloons is “Dreamship,” created by the non-profit group Folds of Honor, which honors fallen and disabled service members and their families. Funds raised by the organization pay for scholarships for the children and spouses of America’s fallen heroes.
This fabric of this balloon, created in 2016, showcases artwork created by Folds of Honor scholarship recipients, symbolizing their hopes and dreams for the future. It is more than eight stories high and has 130 unique drawings or dreams.
This new balloon will be on hand for the festival’s opening ceremonies at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 at Crandall Park on Upper Glen Street (Route 9) in Glens Falls.
Weather permitting, the balloon will offer tethered rides on Thursday and Sunday evening, with proceeds benefiting the scholarship fund.
Other special shapes coming to this year’s festival are Scorch the Dragon, Yellow Bird and Puddy Cat, a giant American flag, Smiley the Scarecrow, Pokey the Turtle, and…
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