The festival was born as part of the 2004 Isle Fest, when local pilot Dena Winslow and pilot Bill Whelan from Ontario convinced the then Presque Isle Area Chamber of Commerce to give it a try. In 2006, the name was changed to the Crown of Maine Balloon Fest
Since then the festival has continued to grow and has seen some of the best flying around. With many of our pilots claiming that The County is one of their favorite places to fly, due to the beautiful landscapes and friendly folks.
Most events are free and take place at the Northern Maine Fairgrounds. With a family friendly focus and many opportunities for beauty, the Crown of Maine Balloon Fest has become a favorite part of summer in The County.
The joy of untethered or free flight in a hot air balloon is hard to describe. There’s a reason it tops bucket lists, and changes lives. If you would like to experience the oldest form of human flight, the Crown of Maine Balloon Fest is an excellent opportunity. Flights are $200 per person, with a $100 non-refundable deposit due at time of reservation. Flight reservations are now OPEN.