The 15th Annual Crown of Maine Balloon Fest planning has begun. Please send any ideas or suggestions to the Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce for the 15th COMBF using the contact information below.

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14th COMBF A Success

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.
See you next year!
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Want to Take a Flight?

Flight reservations are starting to go fast.  If you are interested in taking a flight this years, you should consider calling in early to secure a flight reservation as soon as possible.  Don’t let time run out on you, call as soon as possible.  Remember, flights are available for a fee charged by the balloon owner/pilot.  To schedule a balloon flight, please follow the instructions on the “Passenger Flights” page.  Click the button below.

 Passenger Flights

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Confirmed Today – 12th Balloon for 2017 COMBF

“Celtic Magic”  flown by Bob Martel from Sterling, Massachusetts has been added to this roster of flying balloons.  Bob is an experienced pilot who we are fortunate to be have flying with us. He is the owner-pilot of Boston Hot Air Balloons.

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Eleven Balloons Confirmed for 2017 Balloon Fest

This week the COMBF Planning Committee has confirmed eleven balloons will be participating in 14th Annual Crown of Maine Balloon Fest. The following balloonists will be flying:  Wendell Purvis, Joel Jones, Derek Smith,  Randy Lee, Kenny Shumate, Mark Fritze, Mark Stodolski, Ron Cassidy, Dave Lopushinksy and Bud Hebrlee.  Finally the two “Gentlemen Balloonists from St. John”, Jim Rogers & Doug Shippee will be flying again this year.   Doug and Jim have the distinction of having flown in all the Crown of Maine Balloon Fests.  You can see who is coming and photos of their balloons on the pilots and balloons page. Plan to come and enjoy an exciting weekend of hot air balloon flying.

It is not too early to be reserving your flight on one of the balloons in the COMBF.  Simply call the Central Aroostook Chamber Office listed below to make your flight arrangements.  Waiting until Augusta may limit your options for day and flight.  Looking forward to seeing many folks at the six COMBF launches.

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I Can’t Wait for the balloon fest Tourism Blog Post

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

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Brazilian Tribirds Balloon Big Hit

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.

 

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