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Weather Keeps Balloons Grounded On First Night Of Hudson Valley Festival

Daily Voice talks to Rich Kleban about the weather, balloon launchings and the change of venue.
Daily Voice talks to Rich Kleban about the weather, balloon launchings and the change of venue. Video Credit: Skip Pearlman

POUGHQUAG, N.Y. - Bad weather put a damper on the first day of the Hudson Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival Friday evening, as the weekend's first mass launch had to be scrubbed due to wind and rain.

There were a lot of disappointed faces around Barton Orchards after it became apparent that the launches were not going to take place.

Some people, those from the area, can come back to try to see a launch Saturday or Sunday. But some came from hours away to see the mass launch, and won't be able to make it back.

Still, Barton Orchards had plenty of activities going on - including fireworks after dusk, inflatables, live music from the band FDR Drive, gourmet food trucks, a petting zoo and lots more around the sprawling grounds - that kept families busy and happy.

Social media sites showed some mixed public feelings about the festival being changed from the shores of the Hudson in Poughkeepsie, where many watched the launches from Walkway Over the Hudson State Park, to Barton Orchards. But most people DV spoke with seemed fine with the change, noting the family-friendly atmosphere at the orchard.

Check out the video to see Daily Voice talk to one of the festival organizers - Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce Senior VP & COO Rich Kleban - about the weather, the launchings and the move to Barton Orchards. We also get opinions from several festival-goers about the change of venue.

Mass launches were scheduled for Saturday 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Sunday at the same times. For more info on the festival check out

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