WCBM and WQLL Announce The Preakness Balloon Festival May 18th, 19th, and 20th

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The Preakness Balloon Festival features over 25 hot air balloons launching each day, ticketed tethered balloon rides, live music, a youth zone for children, food vendors, a beer garden, and live radio broadcasts from WCBM and WQLL. Admission is free, advanced parking is $20 and available at WCBM.com.

We are really excited about the additions of a nighttime musical act and the live radio station broadcasts this year and are looking forward to the festival’s new and larger location at the Howard County Fairgrounds

am680,WCBM (http://www.wcbm.com) and Q1370,WQLL 1370am (http://www.q1370.com) radio stations announced today that it has sold out on sponsor and vendor spaces for the Preakness Balloon Festival at Howard County Fairgrounds. The festival, which has always taken place prior to the commencement of The Preakness, is the only one of its kind on the East Coast and is the largest display of hot air balloons in Maryland. With over a 40 year history, the annual festival will take place at its new location at The Howard County Fairgrounds at 2210 Fairgrounds Rd., West Friendship, Maryland from Thursday, May 18th, 2017 thru Saturday, May 20th, 2017. It was held for the past ten years at Turf Valley Resort. When asked about the change of venue, Nicole Motsay, Turf Valley Director of Marketing stated, "It was a pleasure to work with community leaders, businesses, and local officials to develop the balloon festival to the point where it simply outgrew our property. The festival is a beautiful display of the community coming together to enjoy the majestic nature of hot air ballooning. Turf Valley Resort was proud to bring this festival from a 1,000 person local fair to a 10,000+ person statewide spectacle, and are excited to watch it continue to grow even more! Balloons really bring out the kid in everyone, regardless of their age or background. They brought everyone together in complete awe. That combined with honoring the military on armed forces day, made the event truly remarkable."

In addition to over 25 hot air balloons launching each day, ticketed tethered balloon rides will be available for those who want to have a more interactive experience. Sir Rod “One Sizzlin’ Hot Rod Stewart Tribute” show will take the stage on Friday, May 19th 2017. WCBM’s Sean Casey, Frank Luber and Bruce Elliott will all be on hand for a live radio broadcast on Thursday, May 18th from 3pm-6pm and Q1370, WQLL’s Rouse and Company will be broadcasting live on Friday, May 19th from 3pm-6pm. A selection of Baltimore’s best food vendors will be on hand preparing festival foods, and a Beer Garden will serve adult beverages on Thursday and Friday. “We are really excited about the additions of a nighttime musical act and the live radio station broadcasts this year and are looking forward to the festival’s new and larger location at the Howard County Fairgrounds, plus with Howard County Public Schools closed on Friday, May 19th we are expecting a large family turnout,” said Marc Beaven, GM of WCBM, producer of this year’s Preakness Balloon Festival. Also, children will have a chance to go for a train ride around the balloon site in the Kids Zone. A balloon glow is scheduled for Thursday and Friday from 8:30PM – 9PM, Plus the Maryland National Guard will be onsite with their Touch a Truck display on Thursday and Friday. Admission is free and parking is $20. Presale parking for either day or both days is available for sale at http://www.wcbm.com.

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Humdinger Productions
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