35th annual New Jersey Festival of Ballooning (11 images)

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.
Updated: July 31, 2017 at 8:59 AM
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The event is billed as the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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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
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Specially shaped balloons are a hallmark of the festival. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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QuickChek sponsored the barn balloon, which comes complete with a 61-foot silo and a 30-foot farmer. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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Hundreds of balloons participate in the yearly event. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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Attendees can also take rides in some of the hot air balloons. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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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