2019 Balloons

***Contact individual pilots to book your flight***

*All balloon activity is weather permitting and any cancellation or delay of balloon activities is strictly a safety concern*

Schedule is subject to change at any time!!!

Tethered Rides are $20 per person and can be purchased on-site.

Full Balloon Rides start at $275 per person -- Rides must be booked with pilots

Balloon Glows Friday 7/12 and Saturday 7/13 Night at Sunset

See contact information below!!!

Please contact a pilot below with any questions.
Any balloon-related questions received by the Northeast Balloon Festival Committee will be redirected to this web page.
Balloon Pilots cannot guarantee the length of the balloon ride, though most rides last between an hour and 1 1/2 hours. 
Admission is NOT included with purchase of Balloon Rides.


The Northeast Balloon Festival takes place July 12-14, 2019 at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Florida Balloon Adventures - Bill Whidden

Florida Balloon Adventures - Bill Whidden

Bill Whidden, Florida Balloon Adventures
Balloonmeister (Director of Flying Events)

Phone: (407) 414-7451

Email: wswhids41@gmail.com

Website: http://floridaballoonadventures.com/ 

Balloon Name: Great Balls of Fire

Bill and Trish Whidden have been professionally ballooning since the early 80's. They began flying in Tallahassee, FL and operated a ride operation there for 12 years before moving back to Central Florida in 1991. Bill and Trish have been consultants to balloon festival organizers since 1983 and began the Tallahassee Springtime Balloon Festival as well as many others, even as far away as New Zealand.  Bill serves as a “Balloonmeister “ for many events and has served in that role for over 100 events across the country.  Having flown in most of the contiguous lower 48 states, they have also flown in Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, and Portugal. Among some of their more exciting and memorable flights is a flight into the depths of Niagara Falls in front of the “Horseshoe,” and winter flying high in the Austrian Alps.

Bill is a longstanding member of the Balloon Federation of America, Granite State Balloon Association, the Great Eastern Ballooning Association and a frequent guest speaker at safety seminars throughout the Southeast.  He is a FAA certified commercial balloon pilot and is re-certified every 24 months and has logged over 2700 hours of flight time. The aircraft are inspected and certified as airworthy every 100 hours or annually, whichever comes first. In addition to hot air balloons. Bill is also licensed to fly gas balloons.

John Cavin

Phone: (321) 431-5542

Email: Jccavin@hotmail.com

Website: http://www.cartoonhotairballoons.com/

Yellow Bird

Yellow Bird

Puddy Cat

Puddy Cat

Walk around inside of a Hot Air Balloon this July!!!

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Take a Tethered Ride and go up about 50 Feet for a Taste of Hot Air Ballooning!!!

Tethered Rides $20 per person - purchased at the event

Worthington Ballooning - Paul Sena

Worthington Ballooning - Paul Sena


Paul Sena

Phone: (413) 238-5514

Email: Worthingtonballooning@gmail.com

Website: worthingtonballooning.com

Balloon Name: Thunderbuster

I started flying balloons in 1990 and at this time have over 2100 flights.  With my wife, Judy as faithful crew , we have traveled to Ireland, New Zealand, Costa Rica , and through out United States flying our balloon  Thunderbuster.  I was trained in Hillsbrough NH by  Capt  Ed Lappies and have flown in the Milford Area many times. We own a large farm in Worthington Massachusetts and in the spring make pure maple syrup from over 11,000 trees. At this time my son and I are building a Farm Brewery which will be open in October so please stop by if your in our neighborhood.  Soft Landings

Balloon Rides NH - Andre Boucher

Balloon Rides NH - Andre Boucher

Andre Boucher, A & A Balloon Rides

Phone: (603) 432-6911

Email:  bearship3@comcast.net

Website:  balloonridesnh.com

Balloon Name: Passion

Andre Boucher, from Chester, NH, is the pilot of Passion.  His love of ballooning started 32 years ago and became a commercial pilot in 1994.  He has over 2,200 hours as Pilot in Command to date!  Andre has flown in many of the states in the US, including Alaska, Montana and New Mexico. Andre has also flown in Canada, France and Leon, Mexico.  Andre is excited to participate in the 1st Annual Northeast Balloon Festival as he flies in New Hampshire year-round.  Andre believes in spreading his passion of ballooning and has trained several other New Englander’s to receive their Pilot’s license, including his son, Jason Boucher of Infinity & Beyond.

Last One - Beth Hamilton

Last One - Beth Hamilton

Beth Hamilton

Phone: (508) 252-3647

Email: n90eh@comcast.net

Website: http://www.balloonfantasiesofrehoboth.net/

Balloon Name: Last One

The Hamiltons have been flying for over 30 years and are looking forward to flying in the Northeast Balloon Festival. "In all our years of flying the winds have not taken us to Milford, NH. We operate a ride business in Massachusetts and at one time housed five balloons in our small balloon barn. For us it was a family experience. Since we both fly and now only have one balloon we must take turns piloting. And we're still married! We hope to bring our family to meet yours! It is a wonderful adventure."

A Yankee Balloon - William Colyer

A Yankee Balloon - William Colyer

William Colyer

Phone: (203) 255-1929

Email: ayankeeballoon@aol.com

Website: http://www.ayankeeballoon.com/

Balloon Name: Last Penny

Bill has been flying since 1974 in the US and Canada.  During the Long Island Sound of America Balloon Festival, he had five successful crossing of Long Island Sound, including two boat landings.  Bill was part of the American team that won Irelands Frank Barnes Trophy in 1999 and again in 2001.

Bill has had the pleasure of flying in the Alps of Mauterndorf, Austria at the 2002 Fire & Snow Balloon Fest.  He has also flown in New Zealand where he won the Masterton Balloon Cup. In 2006 Bill won the Cowboy Whip Cracking Contest at the balloon festival in Mancos, Colorado.  In 2016, Bill became the Irish Ballooning Champion at Loughrea Co. Galway.

Bill has a Balloon Ride Business in Connecticut (A Yankee Balloon LLC) and attends balloon festivals around the country.

If I don’t see you in the Future, I’ll see you in the Pasture!

Infinity Balloon - Jason Boucher

Infinity Balloon - Jason Boucher

Jason Boucher

Phone: (603) 321-5562

Email: Infinityballoon@aol.com  

Website: www.infinityballooning.com

Balloon Name: Serendipity

Jason Boucher is a 2nd generation hot air balloon pilot from Chester, NH. Jason’s passion for ballooning began in 2001 when he started chasing full time for his dad. In the fall of 2004, Jason made the decision to take his passion to a new height. In just 10 short months Jason had achieved his goal of becoming a Commercial Hot Air Balloon Pilot. With his wife Michelle by his side, Jason has over 800 flights in NH, ME, VT, MA, CT, NJ and Canada.


Tim Taylor

Phone: 413-822-7848

Email: berkshireballoonexcursions@gmail.com

Website: berkshireballoonexcursions.com

Balloon Name: Rainbow Dreams

Mrs. Happy in Cognito Too - Darrek Daoust

Mrs. Happy in Cognito Too - Darrek Daoust

Darrek Daoust

Phone: (802) 369-0213

Email: balloonsofvermont@comcast.net

Website: http://www.balloonsofvermont.com/

Balloon Name: Mrs. Happy in Cognito Too

"Every flight is a new adventure. What is most enjoyable is the great people you are able to meet from all over the world. From Bermuda to the Azores, Cape Town to Moscow. Still looking forward to meeting my next passenger to share my passion for the sport." 

Darrek began his hot air ballooning career in the mid 1990's, but before too long, realized that he wanted his own balloon. Darrek graduated from a 141 Flight School located in Park City, Utah. Darrek is a FAA Certified Commercial Pilot, flying year round in Quechee. He has had the pleasure of flying in Italy, parts of Europe and Canada. Plus our last adventure, flying across Lake Winnipesaukee.

For recent ballooning adventures and aerial photos of the beautiful Quechee area, visit our website: www.balloonsofvermont.com or find us on Facebook!


Tim Strand

Phone: (908) 310-1318

Email: tstrand7@gmail.com

Website: www.Balloon-America.com

Facebook Page: Balloon America

Tim is a commercial balloon pilot from Bloomsbury NJ.  He and wife Clare, who is also a commercial balloon pilot, look forward to attending the inaugural Northeast Balloon Festival.  Tim started flying airplanes in 1980 and added hot air balloons to his love of aviation in 1990. Over the years, Tim has enjoyed stints as the corporate balloon pilot for the House of Seagrams, Paine Webber, and Wathne Clothiers.  

In his “real” job, Tim is president and CEO of Ascension Technical Services, LLC.  He provides documentation and training to support the homeland security effort primarily for Leidos Inc., a defense contractor to the TSA and US Customs and Border Protection.  

Most years, Tim and Clare travel out-of-state to at least one balloon event per month, including the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico, and even as far away as New Zealand on occasion.  


Jim Regan

Phone: 860-209-0351

Email: ctballooning@yahoo.com

Website: http://www.CTBallooning.com

Facebook Page: CT Ballooning

Jim Regan is the owner & chief pilot for CT Ballooning, LLC.  He started ballooning in 1986, earned his pilots certificate in 1991 and has flown throughout the US, as well as in Canada, Mexico and New Zealand.  Besides flying regular shape balloons, Jim is an experienced special shape balloon pilot and is also an active competition pilot with numerous top-10 finishes to his credit.  When not flying, Jim is a full-time firefighter for the city of Manchester CT.

Patches - Don LaFountain

Patches - Don LaFountain

Don LaFountain

Phone: 413-387-5658

Email: don.firehawk@gmail.com

Website: www.mistyriverballooning.com

Balloon Name: Patches

Celtic Magic - Bob Martel (Photo of Splash and Dash)

Celtic Magic - Bob Martel (Photo of Splash and Dash)

Bob Martel

Phone: (508)733-1868

Email: bob@bobmartel.com

Boston Hot Air Balloon Rides

Balloon Name: Celtic Magic

Share the magic of ballooning with Celtic Magic! Bob Martel, from Sterling, MA, has been “in ballooning” since 1984 when we started his 18-year adventure crewing for a local pilot. Bob first got the ballooning bug as a teen, when a balloon landed in his neighborhood back in 1968. Now, a commercial balloon pilot for 14 years, Bob flies primarily out of Minuteman Airfield in Stow, MA, and he participates in several festivals across the region, including the Adirondack Balloon Festival in NY. Bob has also served as a corporate balloon pilot for three years, flying Celtic Magic for Digital Federal Credit Union. Motivated by a desire to share the magic of ballooning with the community, Bob created and served as “balloonmeister” for the Hudson Elks Balloon Festival, now in its 13th year. His crew chief (and fiancé), Lori Braverman received flight instruction from Bob and, with her pilot’s certificate now in hand, has joined the Celtic Magic balloon team.

Bob is a member of the Balloon Federation of America and the Great Eastern Ballooning Association. He is a certified by the FAA as a commercial pilot for lighter than air aircraft (hot air balloons), with more than 475 hours of flight time as pilot in command.

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Jack Edling

Phone: 267-683-5564

Email: breakingwind321@netscape.net

Balloon Name: Blue Dragon

Fixed Wing Pilot License when I was a Boy Scouts at age 16. Hot Air Balloon Pilot since 1985. Fly In Area Northwest of Philadelphia, Pa. Attend about Eight Balloon Festivals per Year. Board Member of Great Eastern Balloon Association 1998-2006. President of Great Eastern Balloon Association 2004-2006. Fly Large Inflatable Animal Kites, When It Is Too Windy for Hot Air Balloon Flights.

Also Enjoy Throwing Boomerangs. Yes They Do Fly and Return, But You Do Have to Catch Them, For the Flight to Count in Competition.