2018 Great Wellsville Balloon Rally

“You are never too old to enjoy the beauty and wonder of hot air balloons. Wellsville has mastered their rally well after all the many years of hosting it. It’s one of the best family events around where even the kids can’t wait to get there—and it’s free to watch!”

Wellsville is the closest town in all of Allegany County that would serve as a city with its number of residents, being home to Alfred State College, Jones Memorial Hospital, K-Mart, Tops, The Giant, and many small stores throughout town, yet there are no cities in our county. Nonetheless, Wellsville is a hub of small town perfection with the taste and amenities of much larger cities.

The biggest attraction in Wellsville during the summer is the Great Wellsville Balloon Rally—hands down. The three-day event brings crowds of thousands into town to watch the balloons launch, and they come from all over the United States and Canada to participate. The skies become full of the beautifully designed envelopes, and can be seen throughout the area when they are aloft. The wind carries them where they will, and people often set up in several areas for the best locations for the watching of their favorites.

Not only does Island Park serve as the launch site, but many vendors can be found at the park as well, and live entertainment takes place in the evening during the afterglow parts of the rally.

Several other events take place during the week as well. There is the car show at Bokman’s Chevy Dealer on Main Street, the annual Brain Tingler Contest by WJQZ, and special entertainment comes in for the Music on the Lawn performance at the David A. Howe Library.

You are never too old to enjoy hot air balloons, and if you have never had the opportunity to ride in one of them you need to. There is nothing more calming and wonderful than seeing things from the viewpoint of a balloon. Rides may be available through some of the balloonists during the rally as well for a nominal fee.

You will not want to miss this event. It is always a great time. Be sure to bring your camera for some great shots!

 Date: July 20-22, 2018
 Location:   Island Park, Wellsville, NY 14895
 Cost: Free
 Start: Fri 6pm,
Sat 6:30am
Sun 6:30am

The History of the Wellsville Balloon Rally


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Allegany Co. Tourism & Culture
Ph: (800) 836-1869
Ph: (585) 268-5500
E: tourism@alleganyco.com
Web: discoveralleganycounty.com


Allegany Co. Chamber of Commerce
Ph: (585) 268-5500 x 5425
E: ghanchett@alleganychamber.com
Web: alleganychamber.org


Allegany Co. Government
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