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Johnny's Summary

Just 1.7 hrs from Boston, these hot air balloons draw 30,000 people! Find a tractor pull, carnival, tons of music and dance, and fireworks on Saturday. Oh, and balloons! It's always a good idea at these things to call in advance if you want a balloon ride! I went to this last year and the music stage didn't have enough seating space but it was fun and we got to go inside a deflated balloon. - , Hillsboro, NH. 603-464-0377.

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The Hillsborough Balloon Festival and Fair has become a major four day event since it was created by merging the former Hillsborough Firemen's Weekend and Hillsborough Balloon Festival.

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Recently, an Artist's Fair has been established during Balloon Festival weekend, sponsored by the Hillsborough Area Artisans. The Hometown Parade on Sunday has grown to include many civic groups with marching bands, floats, military personnel and a wide assortment of fire apparatus from all over New Hampshire.

But the thrill of the weekend are the Hot Air Balloons piloted and crewed by regional balloon enthusiasts. Balloon flights over New Hampshire's beautiful Monadnock Region are available to the general public along with tethered flights for the more cautious.

The Saturday night fireworks extravaganza is one of the premier fireworks displays in all of New Hampshire.

The Hillsborough Balloon Festival and Fair is now sponsored by the Hillsborough Civic Organization, comprised of the three original local groups, the Hillsborough Fire Department, Hillsborough Lions Club, and the Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce.

Proceeds generated from the Balloon Festival provide major financial support for these organizations. In addition, most local businesses, churches and civic groups prosper during the week leading up to the event as well as during the weekend. When more than 30,000 people come to a town the size of Hillsborough, their presence is a major economic impact and residents of Hillsborough, the surrounding communities, and across New England have a weekend full of fun for the whole family.

So, bring the family, stay the weekend in one of our local charming Bed and Breakfast Inns, enjoy Hillsborough's small town atmosphere, explore our antique shops and ancient stone bridges, stop in at the Artist's Fair and perhaps even attend a country auction in a 17th century barn. Sample home made breads, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor and a variety of local dining establishments.

The Hillsboro Balloon Festival is happy to announce that we have gone ""GREEN"". Recycling containers will be around the fairgrounds to recycle your trash, bottles and cans. Please dispose of your trash in the proper container.

Parking $5.00 per vehicle. Balloon Festival Admission is Free!

(A nominal admission fee is charged for some events)

No animals or pets allowed on field except working service dogs

NO SMOKING IN THE BALLOON LIFT OFF AREA.

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