Atlantic Inernational Balloon Fiesta
8b Leonard Drive
Sussex, NB Canada E4E 5S1
Weekend after Labour Day
Number of balloons: 30
Year began: 1985
In 1985, several people in the local area were presented an opportunity to extend the local tourist season, by hosting a Hot Air Balloon Event. As local pilots knew of the great flying in the Sussex Area it was suggested that the Sussex Balloon Festival Inc. be started. Balloonists were invited to the area for a weekend, and although it was rather informal, it was to become the first annual Hot Air Balloon Festival.
The event first consisted of regular hot air balloons and the first shape balloon to attend was the House Balloon.
The Pink Elephant, The Cow, The Dragon, The Mountie, The Yellow Pages Directory, The Monster Truck, The Maple Leaf, The Canada Flag, The Hawaiian Tropics Fish, Tony the Tiger, The Cow, Green Dragon and The Purple People Eater, Tree Bird, Octopus, have all flown our skies!
The Atlantic Balloon Fiesta proved to be a success and on ground and in the air activities were added to keep people in Sussex even when the hot air balloons were not flying including children’s activities and games, skydiving demonstrations, helicopter rides, live entertainment at the bandstand, and amusement rides.