Updated: July 31, 2017 at 8:59 AM
35th annual New Jersey Festival of Ballooning
The yearly QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning was held July 28-30, 2017 at the Solberg Airport in Readington, N.J.
The festival features balloon rides and concerts, including Pat Benatar, George Thorogood and the Destroyers and Plain White T's.
The event is billed as the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Twice a day, at 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., the balloons take off in a mass ascension. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Specially shaped balloons are a hallmark of the festival. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
QuickChek sponsored the barn balloon, which comes complete with a 61-foot silo and a 30-foot farmer. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Hundreds of balloons participate in the yearly event. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Attendees can also take rides in some of the hot air balloons. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Workers prepare the hot air balloons, but due to high winds no balloons were able to fly on Saturday evening. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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