Saturday, June 16th

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Balloon Walkthru – Noon – 4:00 PM – Kids Area behind the Chamber Station 1898

Balloon Rides – 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – NightBalloonBehind Pat’s Pizza


Tethered balloon rides will be available on Saturday evening. They will start at 6:00 p.m. and will cost $10.00 for 12 & over, and $5.00 for children under 12.  Tickets will be limited to 60 for the evening.

They will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  A specific time slot will be assigned for the purchased ticket.  Tickets will go on sale Saturday evening at 4:00 p.m. at Registration/Information Tent in the Thirsty Moose Parking Lot.

Meet your Pilot

Balloon PictureDerald started his career in the 1960s while attending the University of Maine. He received his private fixed wing pilot’s license in 1970. In 1971 he saw his first balloon and he was hooked! Derald served as a naval flight officer for the U.S. Navy and then returned to his family home in the Bangor, Maine area.

He learned to fly Hot Air Balloons and started Damn Yankee Balloons Inc., which offered passenger flights and student instructions.

In 1985 Derald set a record as the very first pilot to cross Northumberland Straight in a Hot Air Balloon, which lies between New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, Canada. He flew 13 Miles over ocean and landed on Prince Edward Island’s Towering Cliffs.

Since that time he has flown over 3,000 hours in 10 U.S. states and 6 Canadian Provinces. His biggest thrill still is sharing the wonderment of the first flight with new passengers.

Derald met his wife Joy while Ballooning in Vermont over a decade ago, and together they reside in Dixfield, Maine.

Damn Yankee Balloons provides aerial advertising for local and national businesses , as well as free flights and tethered balloon rides, in the eastern part of the U.S. and Canada.