This Friday marked the beginning of the 31st annual Hudson Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival in Dutchess County

The weekend-long celebration will feature 21 hot air balloons from all over the world

The festival will take place on September 2, 3, and 4 in 2022

The festival is scheduled to begin at 2:30 PM at the Tymor Park, Union Vale, New York

Vendors, food trucks, live music, axe tossing, a beer and wine tent, and numerous other fun activities will be available

There will be a laser show titled "Evening Majestic Hot-Air Balloon Illumination Moon Glow"

Parking is free, but locals can only purchase tickets in advance online

Tether rides cost $25 per person in cash. The cost per person for morning and evening hot-air balloon rides is $275

Free admission is provided for children younger than three years old

To get a hot air balloon into the sky, you need the perfect combination of weather and science, explains Garofalo

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