That's right, you can literally get high this weekend at Barton Orchards. And it's totally legal. I'm talking about high up in the sky, because this weekend is the 2018 Empire State Hot-Air Balloon Festival at Barton Orchards, 63 Apple Tree Lane in Poughquag. And it's going to be much more than balloons.

It all kicks off at 11 am Friday, and runs through 7 pm on Sunday. There will be balloon launches, weather permitting, Friday evening, Saturday morning and evening, and Sunday morning and evening. There will also be food trucks and vendors, family activities, a craft beer tasting on Saturday, a craft soda tasting on Sunday, live music, pig races, fireworks, and of course, hot air balloons. Balloon rides and tethered balloon rides will be available.

Even if going up in a balloon is not on your bucket list, there's nothing like seeing the balloons launch and fly above. It really is an awesome sight. Plus, there will be fun for the whole family. For a detailed schedule of events, and to get your tickets, visit

Hot Air Balloons
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