Lt. Governor Helps Launch Balloon Festival

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Quick Chek CEO Dean Durling (left) and Festival executive producer Howard Freeman (right) traveled to the State House in Trenton on Thursday, May 24 to present New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno with a commemorative poster and the first tickets to this year’s 30th annual Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning in Association with PNC Bank. Tickets for the July 27-28-29 festival at Solberg Airport in Readington go on sale at all Quick Chek stores on Memorial Day, May 28. (Photo courtesy Russ Mensch/Mensch & Company, Inc.)

Quick Chek CEO Dean Durling (left) and Festival executive producer Howard Freeman (right) traveled to the State House in Trenton on Thursday, May 24 to present New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno with a commemorative poster and the first tickets to this year’s 30th annual Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning in Association with PNC Bank. Tickets for the July 27-28-29 festival at Solberg Airport in Readington go on sale at all Quick Chek stores on Memorial Day, May 28. (Photo courtesy Russ Mensch/Mensch & Company, Inc.)

TRENTON — Quick Chek CEO Dean Durling and Festival executive producer Howard Freeman traveled to the State House in Trenton on Thursday, May 24 to present New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno with a commemorative poster and the first tickets to this year’s 30th annual Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning in Association with PNC Bank.

The annual three day festival, July 27-28-29, 2012 at Solberg Airport in Readington in Hunterdon County, is the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America. Featuring twice a day mass ascensions of more than 100 hot air balloons from around the world and a highly popular concert series, the Festival attracts upwards of 175,000 people and worldwide media coverage.

The largest event in the state, the Festival has an economic impact of $42.7 million on the state’s travel and tourism and local economies.

The Festival has been named one of the Top 100 events in North America five times and the No. 1 Thing to Do in New Jersey in 2012 by New Jersey Monthly magazine.

Tickets go on sale at all 128 Quick Chek store locations on Memorial Day, Monday 28.

Festival-goers can purchase advance tickets for just $17 at any Quick Chek before midnight June 29, a savings of 43 percent off the adult gate price of $30. Attendees who purchase two tickets in store by June 29 will receive a coupon book while supplies last with over $30 in savings on a variety of items such as Quick Chek’s fresh coffee, iced coffee, fountain drinks and sub sandwiches — a $90 value for just $34.

Tickets are also available online at www.balloonfestival.com.


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