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Family Friendly Barton Orchards Hosts First HV Balloon Festival

Daily Voice talks to festival guests about their thoughts on delayed launches, and the change in venue to Barton Orchards.
Daily Voice talks to festival guests about their thoughts on delayed launches, and the change in venue to Barton Orchards. Video Credit: Skip Pearlman
This family just got a little happier after finding fresh apple cider donuts at Barton Orchards. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Barton Orchards in Poughquag was the site for just about all 2016 Hudson Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival events this weekend Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Guests dance to the sounds of FDR Band Friday at Barton Orchards. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Barton Orchards in Poughquag was the site for just about all 2016 Hudson Kelley Hot Air Balloon Festival events this weekend Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Guests enjoy jumping in a giant inflated mattress at Barton Orchards. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
A mostly happy family - the little one is sad he wont get to see the balloon launch. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
This balloon was partially inflated just to show guests the effect the wind has on the giant balloons. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
A photo from the 2013 festival in Poughkeepsie. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
A photo from the 2013 festival in Poughkeepsie. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
A shot from the 2014 festival in Poughkeepsie. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

POUGHQUAG, N.Y. - Barton Orchards in Poughquag is the site for just about all 2016 Hudson Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival events this weekend, and most people we caught up with seemed to like the new venue because of its family-friendly atmosphere.

In recent years the festival launches have been held on the shores of the Hudson in Poughkeepsie. Last year near Shadow's on the Hudson, and prior years at the Hudson River Rowing Association Boathouse.

The weekend's first mass launch, scheduled for Friday afternoon, was canceled due to weather, but mass launches were also planned for 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Balloon rides, and tethered rides, are also available, weather permitting.

Check out the video to see Daily Voice talk to festival-goers about the delayed launches, the change in venue, and what they think of Barton Orchards.

For more info on the festival, check out: www.dcrcoc.org

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