Updated July 24, 2017
Posted July 24, 2017
For the past 35 years, a menagerie of hot air balloons have attracted families, tourists, locals and balloon enthusiast to Solberg Airport for the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America.
This year the 35th Annual QuickChek New Jersey
Festival of Ballooning in Association with PNC Bank will feature a record 12 special shape balloons and five music acts July 28 to 30.
Take a look through the historic moments from the last 35 years of the QuickChek balloon festival.
A festival poster from 1988. (courtesy of the 35th Annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning)
Millionaire Malcolm Forbes, newspaper publisher Tom Curley and promoter Bill Lewis are among 10 people who get together with their balloons at the Union 76 truck stop on Route 78 in Bloomsbury, N.J.
Lewis would turn the annual event into the New Jersey Festival of Ballooning and move it to Solberg Airport in Readington in 1985.
A festival poster from 1989. (courtesy of the 35th Annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning)
The festival is named one of the “Top 100 Events in North America” by the American Bus Association. It is the first of six times the Festival will earn this distinction.
A festival poster from 1990. (courtesy of the 35th Annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning)
In a neighboring township, the Magic of Alexandria Balloon Festival competes with the N.J. Festival of Ballooning for much of the 1990s.
A festival poster from 1992. (courtesy of the 35th Annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning)
Bill Lewis runs the festival for the last time. The next year the festival would change hands and enter into a new era.
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