Great Falls Balloon Festival 2010 August 20 – 22!
Yes, it is that time again. Lewiston and Auburn Maine will host the annual Great Falls Balloon Festival for all to enjoy. This is a special time for our area when our breathtaking views of the hills and river have the added decoration of scores of beautiful hot air balloons. On occasion a few residents have been able to entice the balloon crews to land in their yards where they produce the traditional bottle of champagne!
August 20, 2010 - August 22, 2010
Due to weather conditions, the best times for balloon launches are 6am and 6pm. Don't miss the “Breakfast with Balloons” Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 6am.
Times may need to vary depending on the conditions, but the popular Moon Glow (balloons tethered and lit up will occur each evening at Simard-Payne Memorial Park at nightfall.
Sky Dive New England will put on their show Friday at 7:30pm after the balloon launch.
All Events will take place at Festival Plaza in Auburn and Simard-Payne Memorial Park (formerly Railroad Park) in Lewiston.
The carnival will also be back this year on Lincoln Street in Lewiston, opening up Thursday evening and lasting through Sunday.
Don't forget about the parade! This will kick off Saturday at 11:00am, starting on Spring Street at the Auburn Public Library, proceeding down Court Street, across the bridge to Lewiston, and turning onto Lincoln Street. This years parade theme is “Celebrating Maine Farms” and will feature floats, mascots, local bands, balloon pilots and crews, and many others.
Have you ever wondered who the festival benefits? Beside providing yet another awesome family event for Lewiston/Auburn Maine area residents and visitors and bringing business to our community, the festival helps to support an incredible array of local organizations. Here is the list for this year:
Auburn Catholic Youth Ministry, Auburn Parks Recreation, Blue Sox Travel Softball League,
East Auburn Community Center, Edward Little HS Cross Country, Edward Little HS Field Hockey,
Edward Little HS Grandstand Club, Gray-New Gloucester-Poland Hockey,
Habitat for Humanity, Kennebec Girl Scouts, Kora Cycle Corps, LHS Cheerleaders,
LHS Football Boosters, LHS Girls Soccer, LHS Music Association, LHS Swim Team,
Lewiston/Auburn Rotary Club, Lisbon HS, Lutheran Community Services,
Missionettes – 1st Assembly of God, MSAD 52 Destination Imagination,
New Auburn Legion Post 153, Rabboni Lodge, Salvation Army, St Martin de Porres Residence,
St Dominic Regional HS Boosters, St Dominic Regional HS Mission to Miss.,
VFW Post 1603 Auburn, Vineyard Christian School, Planet Cheer Cheerleaders Boosters,
Maine Event Cheerleaders Boosters, Andy Valley Gymnastics Boosters, L/A Arts
We are expecting good weather this year and I hope to have some video for you after the first day. In the mean time, here is a great video clip from a previous year from Dave in Maine.