Hillsborough Balloon Festival
Hillsborough, NH United States
2nd weekend July
Year began: 2008
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. In addition to the original events and entertainment, each year new attractions are added. Revived in 2008, the old fashioned Fireman's Muster on Sunday afternoon features competitions among the area fire departments. Along with the typical thrill rides and games of the Carnival Midway, the Festival also features some of the best regional performing artists, including Hillsborough's own Country and Western vocalist, Angela West, with her group "Showdown". Other popular events include 4x4 truck and tractor pulls, and a Mud Bog pull and returning is the Classic Car Show and 5k Road Race. New this year for your entertainment on Saturday is a team of Sky Divers.
From the South: (we are 45 minutes from Manchester, NH).
Follow Interstate 93 North to Concord NH, bear right onto Interstate 89 North. Take exit 5 off I-89 (left side exit) onto Routes 202 & 9 West. Continue on Routes 202 & 9 West for approximately 15 miles. Take the first Hillsborough exit (there are only 2!). Signs will read "To West Main St." At the end of the exit ramp, turn left. Continue on Henniker Street following the signs for approximately 2 miles. The turn to parking and the fairgrounds will be well marked on your left.
From the North: (We are 30 minutes from Concord, NH and 60 minutes from Laconia, NH)
Follow Interstate 93 south to Concord, NH. Just past exit 11 bear right onto Interstate 89 North. (Last exit before tolls). Take exit 5 off I-89 (left side exit) onto Routes 202 & 9 West. Continue as from the South as above.
From the East: (we are 75 minutes from Portsmouth, NH)
Take Route 4 west to Concord, NH. Bear right onto Interstate 393 South. Follow for approximately 5 miles then exit to Interstate 93 South. Just past exit 11 bear right onto Interstate 89 North. (Last exit before tolls). Continue as from the South as above.
From the West: (we are 30 minutes from Keene, NH and 60 minutes from Brattleboro, VT)
Take Route 9 East to Hillsborough. Take the first Hillsborough exit (Rte. 202). At the end of the exit ramp, turn right. Then turn left at the traffic lights at McDonalds onto West Main St. Continue on West Main Street 3 miles. Turns to parking and the fairgrounds will be well marked on your right.
For more information call 603-464-5858. This is the Chamber of Commerce office line and will be monitored at the fairgrounds all weekend and someone will help you find us!
Web Site: http://www.balloonfestival.org
Hillsborough Civic Organization
Email: hillsboroughballoonfest at tds dot net