Balloon Festival / St.-Jean-Sur-Richelieu

Welcome to the biggest Hot Air Balloon festival in Canada. The 21st edition of the International Hot Air Balloon Festival, in St.-Jean-Sur-Richelieu will feature 125 unique Hot Air Balloons and over 350,000 visitors are expected to visit the site. Children of all ages and sizes can expect to have oodles of fun.

In addition to Hot Air Balloon rides this festival offers fun activities for the whole family. Amusement for the little ones include rides and games sponsored by Kraft, mini-golf by Weston, a playground by Sunlight and a petting zoo. Adults can enjoy a variety of entertainment venues from the Sleeman's Cabaret tent to an amazing array of great Quebecois comedians and singers. La Scene Loto-Quebec has gathered together an unforgettable group of talent that will leave the audience laughing until they cry, or rally them to groove to the great music developed by the unique world that is Quebec. Whether you want comedy from Louis-Jose Houde, Patrick Groulx, Sylvain Larocque, Cathy Gauthier, Dominic Paquet and Philippe Bond or music from Wilfred Le Bouthillier and Marie-Elaine Thibert, there are options for every taste.

Of course, one cannot forget about the Hot Air Balloons themselves! Six countries are represented at this year's festival. Balloons from Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany and the United States are set to inspire and delight. Specialties include the inaugural flight of Diablo and Angel from Brazil. Animal lovers will enjoy Fox, Bear, Lilly and Joey the Little Bees, Whooty the owl, and Nelly the Pink Elephant of Belgium fame. Of course Cutie Dink and Felix the Cat will capture the hearts of cat lovers everywhere and Quebec's own special Piko is back in action. There are breathtaking sights in store for anyone willing to lose themselves in the magic of going up, up, and away to dance with the clouds. Hot Air Balloons will take off daily (weather permitting) at dawn and dusk, beginning at 6 am and again at 6 pm.

The beautiful "Night Glow" celebrations are not to be missed on August 17th, 18th and 19th at 8:45 pm. Several balloons return to the airport and are then illuminated in all of their grandeur.

I hope everyone had a chance to win a pair of tickets from orcasound; we gave away over 100 tickets and passes for this incredible event.

Daily entrance $12 for adults and $6 for Children
Parking $5

Hot Air Balloon Rides:
$150 per person weekday mornings
$175 per person, evenings and weekends
For reservations and information call 450-347-9555

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